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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 10 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 4486..


(3) While waste to landfill has increased slightly, the 2003/04 resource recovery levels are expected to increase significantly, with an anticipated recovery rate of around 71%. Additional programs are also under consideration to further address the implementation of the No Waste Strategy.

Small businesses

(Question No 1739)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, upon notice, on 5 August 2004:

Does Business A.C.T. have ABS figures that reveal a reduction in the number of small businesses in the ACT employing 5-19 people; if so can he provide me with a copy of these.

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

No. Using Characteristics of Small Business in Australia - 2003 ABS No: 8127.0 and the Standard Error Tables at page 100 in the same publication, one can determine with 95% certainty, that the number of small businesses in the ACT in 2001 were somewhere between 15,420 and 21,580. For 2003, with 95% certainty there were between 13,256 and 18,944 small businesses. The sampling error means that it is not possible to say whether the actual number of businesses has gone up, stayed the same or gone down over this period.

The Standard Error indicates the extent to which an ABS estimate might have varied by chance because the whole population was not surveyed, only a sample. This sampling error applies to all the ABS estimates within this publication and varies based upon the sample size used. A step-by-step guide to calculate the sampling error is found on pp. 95-96 in the publication.

Characteristics of Small Business in Australia - 2003 ABS No: 8127.0 can be obtained from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Crime-motor vehicle theft

(Question No 1741)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 5 August 2004:

How many incidents of stolen vehicles in the A.C.T. by suburb have been (a) reported to and (b) attended by the police in (i) 2001, (ii) 2002, (iii) 2003 and (iv) 2004 to date.

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

The number of stolen motor vehicles reported stolen by suburb from 1 January 2001 to 31 July 2004 is depicted in the table below.


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