Jarratt buck-passes responsibility on tourism downturn

13 Jan 2012 10:21 AMJann Stuckey

13 January 2012

BLIGH Labor and its Tourism Minister Jan Jarratt were desperately attempting to buck-pass responsibility for their years of neglect of Queensland’s tourism sector by crying poor to the Federal government.

LNP Shadow Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said Queensland tourism rightfully deserved Federal support, but responsibility for neglect, lack of leadership and hostile operating conditions lay squarely at the feet of the tired, 20-year Labor government.

“Minister Jarratt has dropped the ball and is now blaming everyone else,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Minister is missing the mark on tourism funding by trying to claim events funding that isn’t even in her portfolio.

“This is a Minister in a government that will say anything as we head to the polls.

“After 20 years, why is Bligh Labor now expecting the Federal government to come through with some rescue cash.

“Minister Jarratt seems to have returned from Christmas holidays, read the reports of the Federal support package for car manufacturers in marginal Labor seats in Victoria and South Australia and thought – gee, I’d like some of that too.

“Problem is, those sort of support programs take months, even years, to eventuate and for Minister Jarratt to cry poor to Canberra on the eve of an election shows absolute naivety of the process of making proper arguments with supporting case applications for that sort of support.

“To go bleating to the media about needing cash is not the way to go.

“Only the LNP has a clear and industry-supported 20-year plan to get Queensland tourism back on track.

“Our plan has been widely applauded by industry leaders as a strong pathway forward for a sector vital to the state’s economy.

“But the only way this plan can be implemented is for the Bligh government to be voted out at the election.

“It’s time for change. It’s time to get Queensland back on track.”