Tasmanian Greens Senator and tourism spokesperson Peter Whish-Wilson has called on his home state to capitalise on the opportunities from becoming the first jurisdiction in the country to legalise same-sex marriage.
“It’s not just about being socially progressive, something Tasmania has a proud history on in this area, but I urge Tasmanians to look at the economic benefits as well.
“Tourism employs nearly 15 per cent of the Tasmanian workforce and is a major contributor to gross state product.
“However, like other areas of the economy it’s labouring under the weight of a high dollar and a fall off in tourism numbers.
“Recent reports examining the economic stimulus from passing same-sex marriage bills in areas such as the state of Massachusetts indicate the potential stimulus to our economy would be around $96m across a five-year period, creating potentially hundreds of new jobs.
“Our economy is already geared toward supporting tourism, so this isn’t something foreign, rather tapping into a significant new market.
“Tasmania isn’t the only state looking at this, South Australia is also considering similar legislation for its economic benefits.
“While I welcome any state going down this road, if Tasmania is to reap the maximum economic gain we need to be first past the post.