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DAVID JULL MHR TEL No. 3439660 05,08,91 15:26 P.02

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Media Release David Jull, Shadow Minister for Tourism & Aviation

Issued 8th July, 1991

BID TAX THREATENS TOURISM - JULL

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"Any decision by Councils in Far North Queensland to introduce a bed tax on tourists -must be considered very carefully indeed", the Federal Shadow Minister for Tourism, David Jull said today.

Mr Jull said it was critical that the Australian tourism product did not price itself out of international markets by the imposition of more and more taxes.

A move by the Victorian Government recently to introduce such a tax raised so much objection from the tourist and hospitality industry that the tax has been withdrawn.

"Far North Queensland is certainly in a recovery mode, after two ycaro of groat difficulty oinoe tho airline diaputo,"

"Those industries that survived the difficulties of the last two years certainly do not need another financial imposition imposed on them."

Mr Jull said he was apprehensive that a combination of severe State land taxes plus the possibility of bed taxes could well take the local product out of the price range of many tourists, both international and domestic.

"We just can not afford to be disadvantaged in such a highly competitive international market."

For further information contact David Jull 0? 343 8666.

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