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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 8 Hansard (25 June) . . Page.. 2064 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

at Ngunnawal community centre turned up at a party meeting, they would exercise considerable influence. I say to members in a very cautious tone that they should look to their own party's operation. I said when this legislation was introduced that it would not be an easy debate, that there would be a backlash, and that perhaps the backlash would be difficult to deal with. The backlash may not be the public kind of debate that we all expect but may be more insidious than that, and I hope that members take some precautions in that sense as we deal with the aftermath of the decision made on 10 May.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Ministerial Statement

Debate resumed from 16 May 1996, on motion by Mr De Domenico:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Sitting suspended from 12.30 to 2.30 pm


Retail Trading Hours

MR WHITECROSS: My question without notice is to Mr De Domenico in his capacity as the Minister responsible for business, so-called - - -

Mr Berry: Small business and smaller business.

MR WHITECROSS: Closing business. Mr De Domenico, in an interview on 2CN on Friday the 21st your leader, Mrs Carnell, said that the proposed trading hours legislation would not be set in stone. In fact, she said:

If it doesn't work, Liz, we'll change it. It's that simple.

Minister, do you not agree that throwing 300 people out of work, inconveniencing thousands of shoppers and potentially costing them 12 per cent more for their groceries is an unacceptably high price to pay for an experiment which your Chief Minister concedes may not even work?

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