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Thursday, 29 November 1973
Page: 2311

Senator LAUCKE (South Australia) - I wish to take this opportunity to raise a matter which concerns the accessibility of the Minister for Tourism and Recreation (Mr Stewart) in matters pertaining to tourism as they have been sought to be discussed with him by a Mr Marc Stone who is the Director of Marc Stone Village

Olympus Management Co. Pty Ltd. Mr Stone and his company plan to build and operate a number of specialised sports centres and tourist villages throughout Australia and the South Pacific. This gentleman claims that Mr Stewart has turned a blind eye to his plans for an Australian owned tourist plant development corporation. He sees the corporation as a travel industry group able to study successful overseas business methods and projects and obtain money from major overseas financial sources for tourist operators in Australia.

It seems to me that this man 's efforts to discuss his attitude to what could well be very good promotion of tourism in Australia have been thwarted by a non-acceptance by the Minister of a request to discuss these matters with him. I raise this matter as one of concern expressed to me by this man. I ask that the matter be referred again to the Minister for his reconsideration. I trust that the Minister will display a preparedness to discuss matters such as this with the person who seeks these interviews.

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