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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 13 Hansard (21 November) . . Page.. 3929..

Business Regulation Review Committee

Paper and statement by minister

MR QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming and Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Corrections): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the following paper:

Business Regulation Review Committee-Report to the ACT Government, dated September 2002

I seek leave to make a short statement.

Leave granted.

MR QUINLAN: The government recognises the importance of the business sector in the economic development of the ACT, with the private sector now accounting for about 55 per cent of ACT employment, if not 55 per cent of State Final Demand.

Therefore, earlier this year, I commissioned the Business Regulation Review Committee to undertake a review of the ACT business regulatory environment. The aim of the review was to identify any regulations and processes which impose unnecessary burdens, costs or disadvantages on business activities in the ACT, and to recommend a course of action. This approach supports the government's policy of encouraging maximum private sector economic and employment growth in the ACT and surrounding regions, and fulfils one of the government's many election commitments.

The committee consulted extensively with the wider business community during the development of the report. I take this opportunity to thank the committee-Mr John Robertson, chair, Ms Christine Mcauley, Mr David Gaul, Mr Graeme Shaw, Mr Michael Capezio, Ms Julie McKinnon, Mr Geoff Keogh and Mr Michael Ockwell-for its work. The government welcomes the report and will respond to the committee's recommendations shortly. This demonstrates that this government, when it talks about the red tape task force, gets on and does it.


Paper and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, Minister for Planning and Minister for Industrial Relations): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the following paper:

Land (Planning and Environment) Act, pursuant to section 216A-Schedules-Leases granted, together with lease variations and change of use charges for the period 1 July to 30 September 2002.

I ask for leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

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