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Tuesday, 30 March 2004
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Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Small Business and Tourism, upon notice, on 24 February 2004:

With reference to page 66 of the Tourism Green Paper, which refers to the `establishment of a contingency fund within existing resources ... to finance international and domestic marketing activities in response to major shock':

(1) When it is proposed to establish this fund

(2) For each of the following financial years: 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08, what is the projected Commonwealth funding commitment for the fund.


Senator Abetz (Special Minister of State) —The Minister for Small Business and Tourism has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The Tourism Green Paper - a draft strategy developed for public consultation - referred to the possible establishment of a contingency fund within existing resources to finance international and domestic marketing activities. The proposed contingency fund was one of many draft strategies contained in the Paper, which interested parties were asked to prioritise. The proposed contingency fund was not ranked as a high priority by respondents and accordingly was not included in the final strategy - Tourism White Paper: A Medium to Long Term Strategy for Tourism.

(2) There is accordingly no projected Australian Government funding commitment for a contingency fund for 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08.