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Tourism subsidies a real drag: Australia Institute

By Ari 9 August 2006 25

Leftish think tank, the Australia Institute, has weighed into the dragway debate in today’s CT.

A couple of relevant quotes:

ACT taxpayers have good reason to ask why these types of subsidies are being offered to projects like the dragway when the evidence shows that they are likely to provide no net benefit to the community. This is particularly the case in the ACT where the Government is desperately searching for ways to balance its budget. The answer appears to be that governments are afraid of standing up to the influential tourism lobby.


Public money spent on the dragway is money that can’t be spent on schools and hospitals. If people want a dragway, that is fine – just don’t expect the taxpayer to pick up the tab for it.

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Big Al 9:47 pm 10 Aug 06

It’s still a lame-arse ‘build it and they will come’ business model. The law and order shit doesn’t wash when you stack it up against jobs created. If we had decent law enforcement that did something about these pricks there’d be heaps of jobs – lawyers and their myriad of para-legals to represent the offenders, auctioneers to sell the confiscated cars, taxi drivers to drive the hapless saps home, schools painted and garden beds sorted by the convicted pricks doing community service … the opportunities are endless!

joeyjo 7:34 pm 10 Aug 06

I just don’t want one

cranky 7:01 pm 10 Aug 06

Can it be explained how the ACT Government (and ratepayers) directly earns a return from Floriade? No entry fee is charged. About the only direct income would be parking and speeding fines garnered from attendees. Certainly local businesses gain income, and locals are employed, which makes the dollar go round, but isn’t this what the CT article was arguing. At least the Dragway pays rates/rent directly to Government and also helps the dollar go round from attendees spending.
The executive fiat has a turbo, its the fiat executive that has the V8.

Cityboy 10:30 am 10 Aug 06

Floriade may be a money spinner, but what about the $300,000 a year spent on getting the kangaroos to play at Manuka. The Australia Institue has a point about governments wasting money attracting events with no economic value. In the end we were lucky the Goldcoast out bid us for the kangaroos games, saved a bit scratch.

S4anta 9:48 am 10 Aug 06

Cranky, I would be careful including Floriade in this. It has been proven time and time again, that it is real money spinner. My opinions on dragways and the wankers that go to them is tainted by the fact that I live on a very wide, straight road and I get to hear/feel folks blazing up and down said road at least six nights a week.

Although this would be minimised by the dragway, I seriously doubt it.

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