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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 8 Hansard (27 June) . . Page.. 2456 ..




Fair Trading Advisory Committee

MS FOLLETT asked the Minister for Consumer Affairs upon notice on 18 June 1996:

In relation to the Fair Trading Advisory Committee:

(a) when will the announcement of the appointments to the Fair Trading Advisory Committee be made; and

(b) what representation will the Committee have from the community, trade unions, the environmental movement and consumer experts.

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

(a) Timing of Announcement of Appointments

I expect to be announcing the membership of the Fair Trading Advisory Committee shortly. However, I have been advised that there have been delays in doing so because nominations from some organisations are yet to be received. I am conscious of the need to have this Committee up and running as soon as possible.

(b) Constitution of the Committee

Careful consideration has been given to the constitution of the Fair Trading Advisory Committee to strike a balance to ensure that there is broad representation from consumer, business and government organisations. I am confident that this representation will better reflect the role of the Committee in promoting fair trading by merchants and suppliers of services in the ACT. For example, some of the people on the Committee include representatives from the Council on the Ageing, the Council of Social Services, CARE Financial Counselling Service, the Real Estate Institute, Legal Aid, The Resolution Centre, Canberra Consumers, the Motor Trades

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