Tourism portfolio split down the middle

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Tony Abbott has announced on 16th September 2013 that the former federal tourism portfolio will be split into Domestic and International facets.

Domestic tourism will be absorbed into incoming Ian Macfarlane’s Industry ministry.

International tourism will be presided over by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

It is unclear what these changes mean for Tourism Australia.

The new dictators of Australian Tourism policy

Detail extract from’s Tony Abbott Ministry profile piece

Ian Macfarlane

Ian Macfarlane – Minister for Industry (now encompassing Domestic Tourism)

  • Has held the seat of Groom, in southern Queensland, since 1998.
  • Served as a minister in the Howard Government.
  • Previous position: Shadow minister for energy and resources (previously Department of Resources Energy & Tourism)

Bob Baldwin

Bob Baldwin – Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry (Portfolio now encompassing Domestic Tourism)

  • Was first elected as MP for Paterson, in the Lower Hunter Valley in NSW, in 1996.
  • Lost his seat at the 1998 election but won it back in 2001 and has held it ever since.
  • Came to Australia from England as a child
  • Shadow minister for regional development, tourism

Julie Bishop

Julie Bishop – Minister for Foreign Affairs (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade now to encompass International Tourism)

  • WA-based MP for Curtin is the Deputy Liberal Party Leader.
  • Was Minister for Education, Science and Training and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Women’s Issues in the Howard Government.
  • Previously shadow minister for foreign affairs and trade

Andrew Robb – Trade, Investment

  • First elected to Goldstein in 2004.
  • Federal director of the Liberal Party from 1990 to 1997.
  • Former jobs include animal health officer and executive director of the National Farmers’ Federation.
  • Previously shadow minister for finance

Indirect tourism leaders

These members indirectly represent large parts of the tourism industry.

Nigel Scullion

Nigel Scullion – Indigenous Affairs (NT local since 1985)

  • NT Senator was the Minister for Community Services in the Howard Government.
  • Was born in England, spent time in Malaysia and Africa but moved to the NT in 1985.
  • Was deputy leader of Nationals in previous parliament.
  • Previously shadow minister for indigenous affairs

Scott Morrison

Scott Morrison – Immigration and Border Protection (Former Tourism Australia boss)

  • Was the MD of Tourism Australia before becoming the MP for Cook, in NSW, in 2007.
  • Has had a high-profile during the Coalition’s time in Opposition as the spokesman on immigration.
  • Previously shadow minister for productivity and population, immigration and citizenship

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