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Monday, 21 February 2011
Page: 818

Debate resumed, on motion by Mr Baldwin:

That the House:

(1)   condemns the Rudd-Gillard Government for:

(a)   reducing funding for Tourism Australia at a time when the high Australian dollar is putting pressure on local tourism operators; and

(b)   increasing business costs for local tourism operators through:

(i)   higher tourism taxes;

(ii)   the bungled award modernisation; and

(iii)   additional superannuation guarantee payments which will be entirely funded by employers; and

(2)   calls on the Rudd-Gillard Government to match the Coalition’s commitment to increase tourism funding by $100 million to:

(a)   focus on high-yielding business events tourists;

(b)   build stronger research foundations;

(c)   encourage tourism infrastructure and product development; and

(d)   boost domestic tourism marketing.