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16       Tourism— South Australian tourism

Senator Patrick, at the request of Senators Griff, Gallacher, Farrell, Marielle Smith and Wong and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 698—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that the Victorian Premier, Mr Daniel Andrews, yesterday, said of South Australia, ‘Why would anyone want to go there?’;

(b)              presumes he actually meant ‘why wouldn’t everyone want to go there?’;

(c)              recognises that approximately 40% of South Australia’s interstate tourism market comes from Victoria;

(d)             acknowledges the many reasons why thousands of Victorians travel to South Australia each year, including (but not limited to): Kangaroo Island; the Fleurieu Peninsula; the Flinders Ranges; the Adelaide Hills; the Barossa Valley; McLaren Vale; Coonawarra; Port Lincoln; Port Pirie; Renmark and all the regions; world class food and wine; real iced coffee; houseboats on the Murray; the Christmas Pageant; the Adelaide Festival; the Adelaide Fringe; fritz; FruChocs; the Tour Down Under; the city parklands; Vili’s pies; Haigh’s; the Adelaide Strikers; Port Power; the Crows; and no congestion;

(e)              calls on Premier Andrews to take a moment, enjoy some FruChocs and a Farmers Union (real) Iced Coffee and concede that South Australia is a wonderful, vibrant and welcoming tourist destination; and

(f)               encourages all Australians to back the South Australian Tourism ‘Welcome Back Campaign’ which looks forward to welcoming all Aussies to ‘#IchooseSA’ as borders re-open.

Question put and passed.