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Wednesday, 28 March 1984
Page: 794

Senator TOWNLEY —My question is addressed to the Minister representing the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism. I ask: Is it true that the reception at Channel 10, Sydney last week for the launching of the domestic tourism campaign by Minister Brown cost in excess of $100,000? What justification can there be for spending so much of the taxpayers' money on free booze, food and other things for so many elite people in Sydney, most of whom are already very well fed? Can the Minister advise the Senate of the total cost and assure it that such waste on things such as booze and food will not occur again? Can the Minister also advise the Senate who in the Australian Tourist Commission authorised that expenditure?

Senator RYAN —I have no knowledge of the matters that Senator Townley has raised. I am unable to give him any information. I will refer the matter to the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism, Mr John Brown, and seek an answer for Senator Townley.