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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 13 Hansard (11 November) . . Page.. 4874..


MS LE COUTEUR (continuing):

Ms Le Couteur's amendment to Mr Stanhope's proposed amendment negatived.

Mr Stanhope's amendment, as amended, agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Supermarkets-competition policy

MR SESELJA (Molonglo-Leader of the Opposition) (5.02): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the comments by Graeme Samuel, Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, in relation to certain recommendations contained in the Review of ACT Supermarket Competition Policy at a Senate Estimates hearing on 22 October 2009;

(b) supermarket industry concerns and confusion about certain recommendations contained in the Review of ACT Supermarket Competition Policy;

(c) the important contribution that small independent supermarket operators make to the grocery sector in the ACT and to the ACT economy more broadly; and

(d) that robust competition is required in the grocery market to maintain downward pressure on grocery prices in the ACT; and

(2) calls on the government to:

(a) ensure:

(i) that independent supermarket operators are not excluded from bidding for new supermarket sites in the ACT; and

(ii) that a competitive and transparent process is used to allocate new supermarket sites to supermarket operators in the ACT;

(b) report to the Legislative Assembly on the process used to allocate each new supermarket site in the ACT to supermarket operators; and

(c) seek the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's views on the recommendations contained in the Review of ACT Supermarket Competition Policy and report to the Assembly before the recommendations are implemented.

I rise today to speak in support of small business and in support of competition. Small business is the engine room of the economy and the lifeblood of our community.


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