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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 7 Hansard (19 June) . . Page.. 1900 ..

Mr Berry: Travel allowances.

MRS CARNELL: There were no travel allowances. Mr Speaker, certainly, from the perspective of the Ministers, we all paid for our own rooms and our own meals. There were no travel allowances. There were no overnight allowances. Certainly, the Ministers all paid for their own rooms and meals. I will check what happened within the public sector, but I suspect that that might have been the case there too. I will certainly get the information.

Tourism Commercial

MR HIRD: Mr Speaker, my question is to Mr De Domenico in his capacity as Minister for Tourism in the ACT. Can the Minister inform the parliament about the bold new Canberra Tourism TV commercial which has been prepared and is currently airing in three States, I understand? This is a commercial which will be seen soon in cinemas throughout the Sydney metropolitan area. What is the situation?

Mr Moore: Are you going to fund them out of a bed tax?

MR DE DOMENICO: May I answer the interjection? The answer is no. I am sure that even Mr Moore would not be supportive of a GST, which is what a bed tax would be.

Mr Moore: Oh, you never know - as the Minister's swan song.

MR DE DOMENICO: He might support it, though; I do not know. In response to Mr Hird's question, I thank him for it. I am very excited, as we all should be, about Canberra Tourism's latest commercial, which wonderfully promotes the national capital as a premier tourist destination within the southern New South Wales region, which is also a magnificent region. We would be quite happy to go and see some other place in the region, should Mrs Carnell and our colleagues and public servants seek to get together for a weekend at another time.

Mr Speaker, the TV advertisement is currently enjoying a wide audience, with airing on Capital Television in northern and central Victoria, in south-east Queensland and on the New South Wales south coast. The ad is also being used as a filler on the Capital Television regional network where there is unsold advertising space. In addition, a major promotional campaign will see the commercial run in selected cinemas in the Sydney metropolitan area. A number of free opportunities have also presented themselves for exposure of the commercial, including a three-week run on SBS television nationwide at the beginning of February.

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