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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 4235..

(iii) delivery of Welcome Receptions for international students new to Canberra.

Relationships have also been maintained with ACT education institutions through avenues such as The Council of Education Export and Team Canberra (Team Canberra is an organisation responsible for promoting Canberra as a quality destination for international students including ANU, UC, CIT, ADFA, Catholic University and ACT Department of Education and Training).

(b) Actions taken to facilitate better access by ACT businesses to Commonwealth Government export programs include:

(i) locating the ACT Austrade Commissioner within Chief Minister's Department to improve access to ACT businesses;

(ii) ACT Government staff working closely with staff from AusIndustry to ensure that clients are assisted to access appropriate Commonwealth Government programs.

(iii) Funding the ACT Exporter's Network, which is managed by the Canberra Business Council. Services include the provision of the Commonwealth's Tradestart services to ACT companies.

(iv) Commonwealth part-funding and support of two new Tradestart positions in BusinessACT.

Trade Practices Act

(Question No 1263)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Business and Economic Development, upon notice, on 20 September 2006:

(1) In relation to Action 14 in the Economic White Paper, what action has been taken by the ACT Government, in collaboration with the Commonwealth and State Governments, to strengthen the Trade Practices Act to provide greater certainty and protection for small businesses;

(2) If action has been completed, what has been the outcome;

(3) If action has not been completed, (a) what is the reason for the delay and (b) when is it anticipated that this action will be completed.

Mr Stanhope

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) In addition to providing a submission to the 2003 Senate Economics Committee Inquiry into the effectiveness of the Trade Practices Act 1974 in protecting small business, the ACT Government, along with the State and Northern Territory governments, continues to work with the Australian Government through the Small Business Ministerial Council (SBMC) to improve the Trade Practices Act 1974 to provide greater protection to small business.

(2) As a result, the Australian Government is proposing to amend the Trade Practices Act 1974; the Trades Practices Legislation Amendments Bill (No.1) 2005 and the Trade

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