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April Fool's Day joke for tourism in the north.

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Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald Parliamentary Secretary for Northern Australia Liberal Senator for Queensland



Opposition Spokesman for Northern Australia, Senator Ian Macdonald, has labelled the decision of Environment Minister, Peter Garrett, to re-start a $25 entry fee to Kakadu National Park on the first of April next year, as an April Fool’s joke come early.

“Only it’s not at all funny to Territorian small business people and Aboriginal communities who will be victims of this latest Rudd Government tax.

“In these serious financial times, you would think the Federal Government would be doing everything possible to assist small business and the economy,” Senator Macdonald said.

“This new tax is bad for tourism in the North. It is not easy attracting tourists at the moment, with the global financial crisis and high petrol prices. Now the Rudd Labor Government has made it even harder.”

“Kakadu is one of the iconic attractions of Northern Australia, drawing southern and overseas travellers to the Top End and opening their eyes to the vast array of other unique natural attractions across the whole of Northern Australia.

But in one taxing moment, the Rudd Government has shafted the campaign to get more tourists to the North.”

“Territory Labor Senator, Trish Crossin, and Federal Members, Damien Hale and Warren Snowdon, are badly out of touch with their electorates if they think that this tax on tourism will help the economy and small business in the Territory.”


Media Contact: Troy Reeves (07) 4771 3066 30 October 2008