Restrictions on travel and gatherings, while appropriate and necessary to stop the spread, have meant Australian tourism was one of the first sectors impacted by this pandemic and is likely to be one of the last to fully recover.
Clubs and councils the Morrison Government rejected under its rorted sports grants program have expressed their ongoing anger and frustration to a Senate inquiry hearing in Adelaide.
Scott Morrison’s spin-doctors spoke to the Minister for Sport last night ahead of him being quizzed on the sports rorts scandal at Senate Estimates today.
The Prime Minister’s claims that his governments’ sports rorts scheme was about ensuring “that girls didn’t have to change out the back of the shed” don’t stack up.
In his National Press Club spiel yesterday, Scott Morrison said:
“…let’s remember why we were doing it, because we didn’t want to see girls changing in cars or out the back of the sheds rather than having their own changing facilities. That’s why we did it.”
What does Scott Morrison have to say to the female footballers at South Adelaide Football Club in the safe Labor seat of Kingston, which had its application for a grant to fund female change rooms rejected in favour of a grant for female change rooms at a rugby club with no female players in the Coalition-held marginal seat of Sturt?
Across Australia, in seats not held or targeted by the Coalition and even in safe Coalition-held seats, grassroots sports clubs were cheated out of grants because the Morrison Government used this program as its own personal pork-barrelling account.
Clubs applied for grants to fund female change rooms and other projects supporting girls and women to play sport, but they were snubbed.
Some of the highest ranked applications to be rejected by Bridget McKenzie were for projects focused on female participation and supporting inclusiveness in sport.
Despite being recommended for grants by Sport Australia, those clubs were dudded because they weren’t on the Morrison government’s list of marginal and target seats.
Those clubs are owed an apology by Scott Morrison and Bridget McKenzie.
The Prime Minister should give up the marketing messages and take some responsibility for the appalling way his government has treated Australians in communities whose votes his government thought it didn’t need.
Labor will next week move to establish a Select Committee to investigate the Morrison Government’s misuse of public funds under the Community Sport Infrastructure grants program.
Tourism’s strong economic contribution has again been highlighted in new figures released yesterday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The need for increased investment in tourism infrastructure has been highlighted in the 2019 Tourism Investment Monitor report, released this week by Tourism Research Australia.
Tourism’s importance as a job creator in regional Australia has again been confirmed in Tourism Research Australia’s latest report, highlighting the need for greater investment in skills and training.
Labor welcomes the Queensland State Government’s announcement that it will pursue the opportunity to host the 2032 Olympic Games.