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Thursday, 16 March 1961

Mr McEWEN - The honorable member for East Sydney, oddly, is right. The Prime Minister has announced that the Government proposes increasingly to encourage tourism as an earner of overseas income for Australia. Indeed, throughout the world, tourism is one of the greatest exchange earners of all, and Australia wants to participate more in those earnings. As we hope that other countries will have their citizens visit us, they may reasonably expect that we will visit them. 1 believe, as the honorable member for East Sydney did when he was a Minister, that there are occasions when a Minister can, with great advantage to the country, go overseas, as he did. I do not know whether his question arises from the news item that I read in this morning's press that the Australian Labour Party yesterday chose some private members to go overseas on a visit.

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