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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 7 Hansard (20 June) . . Page.. 2002 ..

MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

our system; but certainly we have a very good system. It is recognised as such nationwide. It is recognised by the parents, by students and indeed by the teachers. It is recognised as one of the best, if not the best, in the country. Each child certainly has an excellent opportunity to excel in our system and can get a lot of assistance on the way through if in fact they experience difficulties.

Mrs Carnell: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.


Motion (by Mr Humphries) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Retail Trading Hours

MR BERRY (3.38): Mr Speaker, during the course of question time, I think, Mr Humphries went to great pains to dig out a press announcement which had as its origin the Hon. Ros Kelly. He was drawing attention to which was the cheapest shop in 1994. Well, he was a bit out of date again. All he had to do was read the Chronicles this week.

Mr Humphries: But that is your survey.

MR BERRY: It is far more relevant, of course. He would not want to use that survey because it blows his argument right out of the water. The nonsense of this trading hours policy is demonstrated in the prices which apply in the shopping centres throughout the ACT. At Franklins in the town centre at Belconnen it was $81.76 for a given basket of goods and at Jewel's in Kaleen it was $90.59. Mr Speaker, it is very clear from that survey that the town centres are providing shoppers with cheaper prices. The figures which Mr Humphries used were presented by our former Labor colleague, the Hon. Ros Kelly.

Mrs Carnell: I am very pleased that you are out there batting for those multinationals.

MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, we have Mrs Carnell over here, who has her fingerprints all over this trading hours policy that the Government has put forward. It seeks to look after small shopping centres, it supposes. Guess who has an interest in small shopping centres? Mr Speaker, it is a policy which has caused a great deal of disquiet out there in the community, and many people will be affected by it.

Mr Humphries: You have stoked it up nicely, too.

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