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Wednesday, 18 September 1996
Page: 4503


Mr MARTIN(9.31 a.m.) —I move:

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the member for Cunningham moving forthwith:

That this House calls on the Government to revoke the massive 500 per cent increase in the reef tax because:

(1)   the reef tax hike will cost tourism operators in Queensland millions of dollars and cause job losses;

(2)   the Howard Government is using the tax hike as a crutch to reduce or stop funding to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority; and

(3)   without question, there will be job reductions, tourists will visit other destinations such as Indonesia, the Solomons, Guam and Hawaii and the impact of this decision on the business community where people in private enterprise are working on very tight margins and on minimum staff needs to be considered.

The reason that this is moved is that—

Motion (by Mr McGauran) put:

That the member be not further heard.