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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 12 Hansard (26 October) . . Page.. 5014..

Ayes 9: Mr Barr Ms Bresnan Mr Corbell Ms Gallagher Mr Hargreaves Ms Hunter Ms Le Couteur Ms Porter Mr Rattenbury

Noes 5: Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mr Seselja Mr Smyth

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Amendment agreed to.

Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.

Sitting suspended from 12.26 to 2 pm.

Questions without notice

Canberra BusinessPoint—services

MR SESELJA: My question is to the Deputy Chief Minister and Acting Minister for Business and Economic Development. Minister, Canberra BusinessPoint is a business advisory and mentoring service that the ACT government provides to smaller businesses in the ACT. This service has been an important source of advice and assistance for people considering establishing a business and for businesses that are in the early stages of development. Minister, has the contract for the delivery of Canberra BusinessPoint services expired and, if so, what decision has been made to continue the delivery of these services?

MS GALLAGHER: I might take some further advice on it. I did see a brief which I believe is about this same program in the last week. If the Leader of the Opposition will allow me to get some further information about that and provide it to the Assembly, I think I should be able to do that in question time.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, a supplementary question?

MR SESELJA: Thank you. Minister, you may, when you come back or now, advise us: is it correct that Canberra BusinessPoint is currently only accepting telephone calls and is not making any arrangements for counselling or similar face-to-face meetings? If so, what is the reason for the reduction in the services provided by the program?

MS GALLAGHER: I will wait for that further advice. I just do not have all of the detail in my head, but I think I can provide you with that information.

MR SMYTH: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

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