Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T The Shadow Minister for Tourism, Bob Baldwin, has called for Tourism Australia’s ‘No Leave, No Life’ campaign to be scrapped. Considering Australia’s tourism deficit now exceeds 1.2 million annual visitors, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, “It doesn’t make sense for the Government to be using taxpayer dollars to encourage people to take leave, only to see them go overseas” said Mr. Baldwin. Mr. Baldwin said Martin Ferguson, the Minister for Federal Tourism, “should immediately suspend the ‘No Leave, No Life’ campaign.” The high Australian dollar and peaking interest rates have left Tourism Australia in the wake of a perfect storm. The Shadow Minister said it was a waste of limited government funding to “be encouraging Australians to take leave if they are going to head overseas.” Mr Baldwin said it was important that domestic tourism campaigns increased domestic tourism expenditure and not be concerned with how many Australians were taking holiday leave.Mr. Baldwin didn’t disregard the ‘No Leave, No Life’ campaign entirely, stating it would be “better targeted in a new domestic tourism campaign or redirected to Tourism Australia’s current international marketing campaign” he said.