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Tuesday, 20 May 1980
Page: 2889

Mr GILES (WAKEFIELD, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I address my question to the Minister for Industry and Commerce, who is responsible for tourism. The question refers to the increasing numbers of tourists entering Australia under enlightened Government policies. Is it the intention of the Government to negotiate with the States to disperse the increasing number of tourists to States such as South Australia and- if I might be parochial- to areas such as the Barossa Valley and the Riverland?

Mr LYNCH (FLINDERS, VICTORIA) (Minister for Industry and Commerce) - As a consequence of the success of the Government's civil aviation policies there has been a very significant lift in the number of tourists coming to Australia. The latest figures in fact reveal an increase of some 25 per cent in the number of visitor arrivals, against an increase of about 12 per cent in the number of tourists leaving Australia. These matters are subject to discussion with the States at regular intervals. The question of regional promotion of tourism, in which I know the honourable gentleman has a very firm interest is being very vigorously promoted by the Australian Tourist Commission in conjunction with State tourist departments. I will consult with my Department and I will consult with other departments that may have an interest in this matter. The House should understand the very keen interest that the honourable gentleman does take in the subject of tourism. I know that many of his electors are really hanging on the answer to this question. I thank the honourable gentleman for his question.

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