Figures released this week from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show record growth in the number of visitors from China coming to Australia, which further highlights the folly of Tourism Minister Steven Ciobo describing Pauline Hanson’s agenda as ‘sophisticated’.
It shows that this is a Government that is out of touch.
One Nation’s policies represent a threat to our trade policy and also to tourism.
We know this because no less than the Defence Minister Marise Payne previously said this:
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party has been identified as a threat to our trading relations, as having a negative impact on tourism.
During 2016 more than 1.2 million Chinese visitors came to Australia, which meant China took the leading role as the country with the highest growth rate.
Chinese visitors spend more than $7.7 billion annually, which is an increase of more than 400 per cent in the past ten years.
In Australia, tourism has just overtaken coal as one of our largest exports, it employs over one million Australians and it has been identified as one of five super growth sectors by Deloitte.
The Government should be taking steps to build on the success of this vital industry, rather than encouraging Pauline Hanson, and it should start by releasing its tourism policy.