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Tuesday, 15 October 1974
Page: 1713

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - in reply- The Government appreciates the speedy passage that is being given to this legislation by the Opposition. I shall reply briefly to the points that have been made by Senator Marriott and Senator Lawrie. The Australian

Tourist Commission Bill and the Commonwealth Banks Bill are two of several initiatives in tourism being undertaken by the Government. In regard to the point about co-operation between the Australian Government and the States which was raised by Senator Marriott, I can inform the honourable senator that next Friday there is to be a meeting of the Australian Tourist Ministers Council which consists of the Minister for Tourism in each of the States, together with the Federal Minister for Tourism and Recreation (Mr Stewart), the Minister for the Northern Territory (Dr Patterson) and the Minister for the Capital Territory (Mr Bryant). The Council will be working out the degree of co-operation that will be extended.

As regards the point raised by Senator Lawrie which concerned the reference in the second reading speech by the Minister for Agriculture (Senator Wriedt) to the Development Bank and to the initiatives to be undertaken by the Bank, I think that the phrase to which Senator Lawrie drew attention indicates that the Bank will be developing its own expertise and its own financial arrangements in the activities in which it is involved in the development of the tourist industry. The Bank has industrial development expertise, and we suggest that it also will have tourist development expertise.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and passed through its remaining stages without amendment or debate.

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