Qantas’ decision to reduce Northern Territory services can be laid at the feet of the Federal Government which has placed heavy burdens on the aviation and tourism industries, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory Senator Nigel Scullion and the Federal Member for Solomon Natasha Griggs said.
“After today’s announcement, I hope that the Government takes notice that the extra burdens it places on aviation have real world impacts,” Senator Scullion said.
“The government’s carbon tax will have a big impact on the tourism industry which is already hurting from Federal Labor‘s budget which gutted Tourism Australia’s budget by $8 million.
“This government has failed to provide adequate carbon tax compensation for tourism which stands to destroy 6,400 jobs and cut 10% from industry profits across the country,” Senator Scullion said.
“If the Government restores investment in tourism, airlines will make commercial decisions to respond to increased demand.
‘It’s a simple matter of demand and supply,” Senator Scullion said.
Mrs Griggs said the Coalition was disappointed with the news from Qantas that it will be reducing its services to the Territory.
“The Red Centre has been doing it tough because traditionally Uluru and surrounds have attracted tourists from Europe and Japan – their economies have been poorly performing.
“Tourism bodies are working hard and thinking outside the square to attract tourists but they deserve better support from the federal government.
“Federal Labor has also increased the Passenger Movement Charge from $47 to $55 per passenger, passed on $118.1 million in costs related to AFP security to airports which will increase ticket costs as well as announced cuts to the number of Customs staff, potentially increasing tourist wait times at airports
“The Coalition is doing our bit with our www.staycation.org.au campaign.
“We’ve encouraged Aussies to send in holiday pics and go in the draw to win a holiday at a National Tourism Award winning resort,” Mrs Griggs said.