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Thursday, 2 November 1967

Mr FULTON (LEICHHARDT, QUEENSLAND) - My question is directed to the Minister for the Navy in his capacity as Minister-in-Charge of Tourist Activities. Has the Minister received representations from the Cairns Chamber of Commerce complaining about a recent 'Four Corners' programme which contained an exaggerated account of the damage being done to the Great Barrier Reef? Has the Minister any information as to the damage that such adverse and untrue publicity has done to the tourist industry? Can the Minister make a statement which will remove any doubt that the Great Barrier Reef is still one of the tourist wonders of the world and that the area surrounding the beautiful city of Cairns is still the best place in Australia to visit to view the splendours of the Great Barrier Reef?

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