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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 9 Hansard (19 August) . . Page.. 3404..


MS BURCH (continuing):

migrants entering businesses through our own regional certifying body and our school and business migration program.

Taken together, this government offers a rich program environment which clearly is not often appreciated. Mr Smyth's comments are his own, but he called for systems and processes to be in place. That is probably something I can agree with, Mr Smyth. We do need systems and processes in place. I can say that this government does provide sound and open processes and systems that support local business. I refer to BLIS, the business reference service, Lighthouse, Unleash your Potential and Canberra BusinessPoint, to name a few. I do not know; Mr Smyth must have his earplugs in.

As Mr Barr said, Labor is the party for jobs. It always has been and always will be. I remind the Assembly of the Canberra small and micro business forum that will be held on 16 September this year. It is hosted by Jenny Brockie. The forum is about providing small businesses with an opportunity to have their say on local business issues and difficulties they face. I call on the Assembly to recognise the establishment of this new forum as a useful tool for small and micro businesses in Canberra.

I finish by saying that the ACT government recognises the important contribution that small and micro business makes to the ACT economy. We offer our support to the business community through a range of different programs, networks and initiatives and I commend this motion to the Assembly.

Motion agreed to.

Water and Sewerage (Energy Efficient Hot-Water Systems) Legislation Amendment Bill 2009

Detail stage

Clause 1.

Debate resumed.

Debate (on motion by Ms Hunter) adjourned to the next sitting.

At 6.00 pm, in accordance with standing order 34, the motion for the adjournment of the Assembly was put and negatived.

Law Officer Amendment Bill 2008

Debate resumed from 10 December 2008, on motion by Mrs Dunne:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (6.00): The Law Officer Amendment Bill 2008 was presented on 10 December 2008. The purpose of the bill is to establish a requirement that the


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