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Tuesday, 21 August 1973
Page: 190

Mr Bennett asked the Minister for Tourism and Recreation, upon notice:

(1)   Has his attention been drawn to (a) the high cost of establishing motels and caravan parks in isolated areas and (b) the higher charges to the public for these facilities as the initial capital costs are passed on.

(2)   . Will he give consideration to recommending granting or guaranteeing long term low -interest development loans to tourist services for the establishment of motels and caravan parks in isolated areas.

Mr Stewart (LANG, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Tourism and Recreation) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) (a) and (b) Yes. It was an awareness of these problems which prompted the Prime Minister to promise in his policy speech that Government assistance would be given to the tourist industry.

(2)   Yes. At present proposals are being developed by my Department on the general question of assistance to the tourist industry. These proposals will be considered in the context of the 1973-74 Budget.

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