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    10   TOURISM FUNDING—REPORT FROM MAIN COMMITTEE

The Speaker reported that the order of the day relating to the private Member’s motion on tourism funding had been debated in the Main Committee and returned to the House, and presented a certified copy of the motion viz.: Mr Baldwin—That this House:

(1)    condemns the Rudd-Gillard Government for:

(a)    reducing funding for Tourism Australia at a time when the high Australian dollar is putting pressure on local tourism operators; and

(b)   increasing business costs for local tourism operators through:

(i)    higher tourism taxes;

(ii)   the bungled award modernisation; and

(iii)  additional superannuation guarantee payments which will be entirely funded by employers; and

(2)    calls on the Rudd-Gillard Government to match the Coalition’s commitment to increase tourism funding by $100 million to:

(a)    focus on high-yielding business events tourists;

(b)   build stronger research foundations;

(c)    encourage tourism infrastructure and product development; and

(d)   boost domestic tourism marketing.

Question—That the motion be agreed to—put and negatived.