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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 4236..


Practices Legislation Amendment (Small Business Protection) Bill 2005. These Bills are yet to be passed by parliament.

It should be noted, the Australian Government has not accepted all 17 recommendations of the Senate inquiry and its legislative amendments reflect that position.

As the Australian Government has jurisdiction over trade practices legislation, an 'end date' for 'completion' of the action is not relevant. However the ACT Government will continue to work with the Australian Government, states and Northern Territory to bring about positive outcomes for small business.

(3) (a) & (b) See above.

Business—online advisory service

(Question No 1264)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Business and Economic Development, upon notice, on 20 September 2006:

(1) In relation to Action 15 in the Economic White Paper, what progress has been made in developing an interactive online business advisory service for smaller businesses;

(2) How have businesses reacted to this enhanced online service;

(3) If the development of the online service has not occurred, why not.

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

(1) An interactive online business advisory service for smaller businesses was developed and launched in September 2004 (Canberra Business Advisory Service).

(2) Business has reacted well to the enhanced online service with a steady increase in visitors to the website each month - now over 8,000 per month.

(3) Not applicable.

Business—e-commerce model

(Question No 1265)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Business and Economic Development, upon notice, on 20 September 2006:

(1) In relation to Action 16 in the Economic White Paper, what progress has been made in adapting the e-commerce model, which has been developed in Western Australia, to suit the requirements of smaller businesses operating in the ACT;

(2) If this project has not made any progress, why not;

(3) What progress has been made to conduct, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Government, a campaign to increase the uptake of e-commerce processes;


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