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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 9 Hansard (7 August) . . Page.. 2607..


The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8: Mr Coe Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mrs Jones Ms Lawder Mr Smyth Mr Wall

Noes 9: Mr Barr Ms Berry Dr Bourke Ms Burch Mr Corbell Ms Gallagher Mr Gentleman Ms Porter Mr Rattenbury

Question so resolved in the negative.

Amendment negatived.

Original question resolved in the affirmative.

Motion agreed to.

Waste—resource management centres

MR WALL (Brindabella) (12.05):

(1) notes:

(a) small and medium businesses are an integral part of the ACT economy;

(b) cash flow is critically important for the sustainability of small and medium businesses; and

(c) the impact on small and medium businesses as a result of the suspension of approvals for credit accounts at ACT Resource Management Centres; and

(2) calls on the ACT Government to immediately recommence approvals for credit accounts at ACT Resource Management Centres for applicants who meet the appropriate criteria.

The current ACT Labor government has failed to make the ACT an attractive proposition for anyone who has started up, or plans to start up, a small business. Despite the rhetoric, they have failed to improve the way it interacts with business at all levels. It is because of the inconsistencies and the way that each member of the current government views, interacts and deals with businesses, particularly small businesses, that I bring this motion to this place today.

The issue that was brought to my attention, which prompted this motion today, is by all accounts a pretty small one. In fact, however, it highlights how what is seemingly a small decision by government has a huge impact on the way businesses may operate. The ACT business landscape is made up predominantly of small businesses. According to the Canberra Business Council, 55 per cent of small businesses here in


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