Friday, May 3rd, 2013 - DAVID RIDGWAY
Hon David Ridgway MLC, State Liberal Leader in the Legislative Council, Shadow Minister for Tourism, The plane truth on whale-watching

Next month, Southern Right Whales will begin to gather at the Head of Bight on the Nullarbor to give birth.

    
    It’s a spectacular sight. Between 80 and 100 whales breach, relax and nurse their young just off the ochre-red cliffs. The mothers are 15 metres long and can weigh almost 50 tonnes.

    
    From the Nullarbor Roadhouse, an air charter company offers 30 minute scenic flights over the Head of Bight Marine Park to view the whales and fly along the Bunda Cliffs.

    
    The flights take off from the Nullarbor Roadhouse and they land at the Nullarbor Roadhouse.

    
    They fly, as planes often do, through the air.

    
    They do not fly through the marine park, it being water and the planes not being submarines.

    
    Nevertheless, the airline company is being required to pay a fee to the Government: a tax to pass through this air as it takes tourists to view whales.

    
    It’s a Government-imposed fee to fly OVER the marine park.

    
    “Presumably the Government thinks this sky tax helps tourism and regional development,” shadow tourism minister David Ridgway said.

    
    “Labor will doubtless impose taxes to pass through the air in other parts of the State to spread its newly-discovered stimulus to economic prosperity,” he said.

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