Labor plays copy-cat on tourism aviation

2 Mar 2012 12:05 PMJann Stuckey

2 February 2012

THE tired, 20-year Labor government was playing unashamed copy-cat on tourism aviation policy, the LNP said today.

LNP Shadow Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business Jann Stuckey said after 20 long years in power, the best Anna Bligh and Labor could do was a direct lift of LNP policy on tourism.

“They say mimicry is the best form of flattery, but this is a case of long-term Labor and Tourism Minister Jan Jarratt being totally out of ideas,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Tourism in Queensland has flat-lined after years of neglect and mismanagement under the tired, 20-year Labor government.

“10 years ago there were 150,000 Queenslanders working in tourism, under Labor today this figure has fallen to just 118,000 people.

“Anna Bligh and her tired, out-of-touch government have done nothing but waste, mismanage, run up debt and tie tourism up in red tape and soaring compliance costs.

“Now, on election eve, they’ve pinched the LNP’s policy to attract domestic and international visitors to Queensland and re-badged it as their own – if they were university students they’d be hauled before the dean for plagiarism.

“Our incentive-based funding to attract new international airlines to Queensland has been snatched by Labor after the LNP announced the policy two weeks ago – a policy that was then criticised by Jan Jarratt.

“I’m amazed Anna Bligh hasn’t gone all the way in Cairns today and announce that she wants to double overnight stay expenditure by 2020 – just like the LNP’s policy.”

Ms Stuckey said while Anna Bligh and Labor totally lacked vision and original thought, the LNP had set out a clear and fully-costed plan to help get Queensland tourism back on track.

“We have worked very closely with the industry to develop our fully costed plan, unlike Labor who until the election was called had nothing other than a discussion paper that isn’t even policy.

“The LNP is not only committed to working with tourist operators and their peak bodies to attract greater numbers of domestic and international visitors to Queensland.

“We’ll also cut red tape for businesses by 20 per cent and raise the threshold for payroll tax. We’ll scrap Labor’s waste tax and continue the fight against the Gillard-Greens’ carbon tax that will hit airlines and tourism operators very hard.

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