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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 7 Hansard (24 September) . . Page.. 2223 ..

MS CARNELL (continuing):

under the legislation to implement interstate agreements, the Government is happy to agree to this approach. The amendments I have circulated implement that suggestion. I think everyone will see that these amendments are pretty straightforward. I did circulate them to members out of session.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.


Motion (by Mr Humphries) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.


MS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Treasurer) (5.19): Mr Speaker, I want to take this opportunity to say a few words about tourism and, in particular, some of the work that is being done by the Canberra Tourism and Events Corporation. We all know that our tourism industry has been doing it pretty tough lately, not just here but right around Australia, as the effects of the Asian financial crisis begin to be felt. It is one of the reasons why this Government decided to invest an extra $6m in tourism marketing and events promotion over the next three years.

I thought it was timely to single out one of the initiatives that are being run by the Canberra Tourism and Events Corporation known as the visiting journalists program. The VJP, as it is known, is a cooperative promotional venture with our tourism industry and aims to maximise the amount of media coverage that the Canberra region gets. Journalists are invited to come and see for themselves what a great place this is to live in and what we have to offer both domestic and international visitors.

Recently I received, as did all members, copies of the print publicity that was generated by the program in just the last two months alone. I will not go into great detail as I know that all members have copies, but it is worth pointing out some of the publications that articles about Canberra have appeared in. On the local front, in July and August there were articles in the Sun-Herald, the Age, the Brisbane Courier-Mail, the Adelaide Advertiser and the West Australian, and pieces in magazines such as Owners Own and Travel Vacation. Two other publications carried features on Canberra which were aimed at the Japanese visitor market, that is JP Australia and World Walker magazine.

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