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No Case for Taxpayers to Bail Out Tourism Businesses

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Monday, 17 February 2020

Tags: Tourism, Big Business, Subsidies, COVID-19

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

The Tourism Industry Council wants taxpayers to compensate private tourism businesses hit by the downturn as a result of the coronavirus.

What a hide.

There’s no justification for a publicly funded bailout of private business operators.

While the Greens recognise the current downturn is hurting some tourism operators, we can’t support a taxpayer bailout.

It is a fact that the industry is already heavily supported by government through a multi-million dollar tourism marketing budget that supports the profits of local tourism businesses.

Luke Martin and the TICT are clearly advocates for privatising the profits of the industry but socialising the losses.

They need to take a reality check.