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Ciobo demands Labor come clean on tourism funding.

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Steven Ciobo MP Shadow Minister for Tourism

Thu, 7th February 2008


Labor needs to clarify whether it plans to slash tourism funding to further reduce government spending, Shadow Tourism

Minister, Steven Ciobo said.

“I am calling on the Tourism Minister to confirm that government funding for Tourism Australia (TA) will not be reduced

under a Rudd Labor Government as part of its cherry picking approach to funding cuts,” Mr Ciobo said.

“While the Minister for Tourism has confirmed there will be a Labor review of advertising costs by Tourism Australia, he

has failed to deny whether government funding to TA will be cut.

“This week we’ve seen Labor scrap a number of programmes and projects, plus call for a review of Tourism Australia’s

advertising accounts. I want to know whether Labor has plans to slash overall funding to TA in a cheap PR stunt.”

Mr Ciobo said he is concerned the Rudd Government will follow the lead of some State Labor Government’s and reduce

tourism spending.

“Advertising is the key marketing tool when it comes to tourism and the leisure sectors, therefore it is important TA has

the funds it needs to carry out effective marketing to increase visitor levels to Australia.

“Is Labor simply going to join the conga line of State Government’s which have slashed tourism funding?”

Mr Ciobo said Labor’s Tourism Minister is failing to prioritise tourism.

“I find it alarming Australia’s own Tourism Minister has tourism as such a low priority that he would not attend G’Day USA

2008 - Australia’s largest foreign country promotion to celebrate the best of Aussie culture, fashion, food and business.

“Tourism is an $80 billion industry and employs some 464,000 Australians - it cannot afford a government which is

running a nation blindfolded.”