Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Full Day's HansardDownload Full Day's Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Tuesday, 1 May 1973
Page: 1479

Mr MARTIN - Is the Minister for Tourism and Recreation aware that there is a heavy imbalance between the amount spent by Australian tourists overseas and the amount spent by visitors to Australia? Can he give the House details of the relevant figures? Finally, will the Minister take whatever action is necessary to encourage Australians to see Australia first?

Mr STEWART (LANG, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Tourism and Recreation) - Mr Speaker-(Honourable members interjecting)

Mr SPEAKER -Order! Some honourable members will be taking a trip if they do not come to order.

Mr STEWART - Mr Speaker,1 thought that nobody loved me. The honourable member for Banks has asked a question about the gap between the amount of money spent by international tourists coming to Australia and that spent by Australians travelling overseas. The figure for 1971-72 is expected to be about $173m. It is anticipated that that figure will increase to $400m by 1975. One of the important problems of my new Department is to endeavour to cut back that gap. One of the ideas that we have in mind is the further promotion overseas of Australian tourist potential. I expect to be announcing in the next few weeks some of the details of the proposed national tourist plan that the Government has in mind to implement.

Suggest corrections