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Hunt urges state to commit to Grand Prix.



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MEDIA RELEASE

HUNT URGES STATE TO COMMIT TO GRAND PRIX Thursday, 24 February 2005

Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, urges the State government to fulfil their event management responsibility for Phillip Island’s Grand Prix.

Mr Hunt said, “Mr Pandazopoulos, the State Minister for Tourism, has publicly claimed for some six months, that he has formally approached the Federal Government seeking funding for the Grand Prix. Yet after six months he has yet to submit a written proposal and has only just spoken with Senator the Hon Rod Kemp.

The Federal Minister, Senator the Hon Rod Kemp, made it clear to Mr Pandazopoulos that the running of such events will continue to be the responsibility of the relevant State or Territory, each competing strongly to hold events such as the Grand Prix.

“The Brack’s government should fulfil its obligation as each and every other State and Territory does for major motor sport events,” Mr Hunt said.

There are 19 major motor sport events held annually throughout Australia, and each State competes to own and manage these events. The Bracks government should not put Phillip Island’s Grand Prix at risk when it is so important to the local economy of Phillip Island and its surrounding communities.”