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Fitzgibbon welcomes tourism appointment.

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MEDIA RELEASE Joel Fitzgibbon MP Federal Member for Hunter Shadow Minister for Resources and Tourism Electorate 45 Vincent Street PO Box 526 Cessnock NSW 2325 Ph: (02) 4991 1022 Fax: (02) 4991 2322 Parliament House RG 52 Canberra ACT 2600 Ph: (02) 6277 4404 Fax: (02) 6277 8479

July 2, 2003


I am delighted that Simon Crean has added Tourism to my portfolio responsibilities.

Tourism accounts for 4.7% of Australia’s GDP and earns more than $17 billion in foreign

exchange annually. It is critical to Australia’s economic well being.

It is a sector facing great challenges posed by, among other things, the GST, funding cuts,

an appreciating Australian Dollar, terrorism, SARS and problems in the airline industry.

Tourism is also a sector that has enjoyed no more than lip service from the Howard

Government over the past seven years. I intend to not only develop strong Labor policies

for Tourism, but also to hold the Government to account for the treatment the sector has

received in recent years.

Contact: Joel Fitzgibbon 0418 293 372.