The ABC understands the Queensland government is considering a number of ideas to help tourists find out more about Australia’s rich heritage and cultural history.
One of the options being considered by the Department of Tourism is to give Queenslanders the option of downloading a digital copy of “Kung-Fu” from a local library.
But while Queenslanders could choose to buy the book online, other Australians will not.
The book, written by writer and film director Ian Bell, was first published in 1992 and has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide.
While Queensland has a long and rich cultural history, tourism is an important part of the Queensland economy.
It’s a key way in which people visit Queensland to experience our great state.
Many Queenslanders who buy the DVD or book online may not realise they are purchasing a product that could be damaging to our heritage and heritage values.
This book could potentially affect our tourism industry, which is reliant on our tourism and the cultural resources that it brings to Queensland.
Tourism Queensland spokesperson David Young said Queenslanders had a strong connection to our state and its history, and were also responsible for the preservation of its culture.
“We are proud of the diversity of our people, including our cultural and linguistic heritage, and the contributions made by our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities,” he said.
Young said tourism was an important pillar of the economy and Queenslanders would also be able to buy more DVDs and other books, which would be more convenient for those visiting Queensland.
Tourism Minister Simon Corbell said Queensland’s strong ties to the Pacific would help the state stay relevant.
“It is very important that Queensland continues to be recognised and welcomed as a destination in the Pacific,” he told the ABC.
He said the book would be “a valuable tool” to help Queenslanders learn more about Queensland.
“This book is a valuable tool for Queenslanders, it’s an important tool for us, we need to learn more,” Corbell added.
However, some Queenslanders are concerned the book could lead to a backlash against the book’s author, as many are concerned that some of its stories may be controversial.
“I’m a little concerned about what this means for our community,” Queenslander Stephanie O’Connor told the BBC.
O’Connor was visiting Brisbane in April when she discovered the book on Amazon.
“[It] is just really upsetting,” she said.
“We have this beautiful heritage and I’m just so worried that some people are going to be offended by that and some of the things that might be said about it.”
As a Queenslander, as a visitor, as an Australian I don’t really understand what this book is saying.
We’re not here to have a dialogue about this.
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