22 Aug 2006

Norfolk tourist industry hurt by murder cases

9:38 am on 22 August 2006

An Australian government minister says the murder of Janelle Patton on Norfolk Island in 2002 has hurt its economy.

The territories minister, Jim Lloyd, says her murder and the murder of Norfolk's deputy chief minister Ivens "Toon" Buffet two years later had had a negative effect on tourism.

He says a change in the tourism market had also contributed to the island's stagnating economy.

When pressed on whether Australia would provide financial assistance to the island, Mr Lloyd said the government was looking into the funding issue.

Meanwhile New Zealander Glenn McNeill has been committed for trial for Ms Patton's murder.