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Thursday, 24 August 1972
Page: 378

Senator MCAULIFFE (QUEENSLAND) - I direct my question to the Minister representing the Minister-in-Charge of Tourist Activities. Is it a fact that some 8,000 international hotel and motel rooms foreshadowed in the last few years for the eastern State capitals, half are now classified as having been cancelled or likely to be cancelled? Will such action have a disastrous effect on our capacity to cope with Australia's growing influx of overseas tourists? Will the Minister make a declaration of intent in regard to Government assistance for the building of major city hotels in reply to repeated requests by all sections of the tourist industry to do so?

Senator COTTON - As one who has played his part in trying to stimulate tourist travel to Australia, and travel by Australians within their own country, 1 naturally am interested, as the honourable senator is, in the accommodation situation. I cannot say whether the figure he mentioned is accurate. This is a matter for the responsible Minister-in-Charge of Tourist Activities who is in the other place. The honourable senator's comments and his question will be directed to the Minister.

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