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Don't Know, Don't Care, Says Labour

Don't Know, Don't Care, Says Labour

Wednesday 23 Jun 2004

Deborah Coddington -Press Releases

The Labour Government doesn't know and doesn't care how much the new Holidays Act provisions are costing the local hospitality industry, ACT New Zealand Tourism Spokesman Deborah Coddington said today.

"Tourism Minister Mark Burton told motor camp operators in a speech this week, that increasing surcharges on public holidays was `short-sighted' and would `send the wrong message to tourists'," Miss Coddington said.

"However, today in the House, Dr Cullen - on behalf of Mr Burton - admitted he had no information about how much it cost tourism operators to cover increased staff costs.

"Dr Cullen's reply is typical of this union-driven, anti-business Government, whose MPs are completely out of touch with hard-working, small business owners.

"ACT will support a Dr Brash-led government in immediately repealing these new punitive Holiday Act provisions, which not only cripple business, but also do nothing to attract overseas tourists to spend money here, rather than somewhere else in the world," Miss Coddington.

ENDS


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