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Tourism to benefit under coalition plans



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DAVID JULL

SHADOW MINISTER FOR TOURISM & AVIATION

06/92

Issued 19-10-92

TOUPISM TO BENEFIT UNDER COALITION PLANS

Labor's continuing campaign to misrepresent the impact of 'Fightbackl' on the tourism industry was today condemned as "an outrageous lie" by David Jull, Shadow Minister for Tourism and Aviation.

"What Labor is saying is that the industry hasn't got the

determination and initiative to take advantage of the very real benefits 'Fightbackl' will bring. This is to downgrade the commitment of all those in the industry.

"Labor still ignores the positive aspects of 'Fightbackl'.

"Like all industries today in the middle of Labor's recession, tourism is faced with unnecessary burdens imposed by government. These include destructive taxes on business such as fuel tax, sales tax and payroll tax as well r.s outmoded approaches to

industrial relations.

"Under 'Fightbackl ' this tax burden will be lifted from the backs cf bucinecs. At the same time our industrial relations reforms will recognise" tourism as a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week industry. These reforms will contribute to employment growth."

David Jull said that the tourism industry would benefit froms

. the abolition of sales tax

. tho abolition of payroll tax

, $13 billion in personal income tax cuts

. the rebating of GST on all business inputs

. the abolition of fuel taxes

. the liberalisation of international air travel

resulting in a cut in fares of up to 20 percent

. the promotion of air charters to Australia

. changes to capital gains tax to encourage investment.

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"At the same time we will free the Australian Tourist Commission from bureaucratic control and let it get on with the job of

selling Australia as a tourist destination.

"Our Department of Tourism and Aviation will more effectively meet the needs of these two important industries.

"This will certainly be better than including Tourism with the Resources portfolio as occurs under the present1 government. What tourism has in common with open-cut mines and Bass Strait oil rigs is somewhat difficult to comprehend.

"The tourism industry does not exist in a vacuum. Economic recovery, based on 'Fightbackl', will be reflected in an

increased demand for the products of the tourist industry.

"Labor Tourism Minister, Mr Griffiths, should cast off the mantle of the Prime Minister's Victorian numbers man and mouthpiece. Ke should start telling the truth about our policies and

acknowledge the damage his own policies have caused."

For further information contact Da\ic Jull on (07) 343 8666.