Labor snubs QLD tourism industry

1 Aug 2011 9:39 AMJann Stuckey

30 July 2011

LNP Shadow Minister for Tourism and Small Business Jann Stuckey said it was a disgrace not one Queensland tourism operator had been invited to the Federal Government’s carbon tax forum.

“Our struggling tourism industry has been snubbed by the Gillard government,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The message from Queensland traders and tourism groups and operators is loud and clear – they can’t afford any more government taxes and charges.

“Canberra is holding a talkfest, but refuses to invite people who can give them the honest answers.”

After meeting tourism operators and industry groups in the Whitsundays this week, Ms Stuckey said they were still suffering low visitor numbers and were worried this extra slug could  hurt the ailing industry.

“Some businesses have shut up shop altogether and the rest are warning they’re been financially squeezed.”

Ms Stuckey slammed State Tourism Minister Jan Jarratt for wholeheartedly backing the carbon tax that will hit airlines, resorts and small businesses.

“Instead of standing up and fighting for her state, Jan Jarratt is missing in action.  Now is the time for action by state and federal governments.

“While she’s told people to ‘just wait and see’ with the carbon tax, she should be demanding that space be made at the forum for Queensland’s tourism industry to have a voice before it gets irreparably damaged by the tax.”

“The LNP opposes the carbon tax 100 per cent and will work with tourism to get the industry back on its feet.

“An LNP government will work for Queensland, not for ourselves.”