Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 12 Hansard (21 November) . . Page.. 3958 ..
MS HORODNY (continuing):
opportunity to present their views directly and openly to Assembly members. We did not hear from anyone in the community on retail matters, retail space, the retail hierarchy, the betterment issue or any of the other terms of reference that we were asked to look at. I believe that Canberra retailers and consumers will be worse off as a result of the committee's inadequate performance on this inquiry because the factors - - -
Mr Moore: That is not true. Be careful you do not mislead there. Look at points 11, 12 and 13.
MS HORODNY: Mr Moore, I listened to you in silence. Could you please give me the same respect.
Mr Moore: But I was not misleading. I am trying to save you the embarrassment of misleading the Assembly.
MS HORODNY: I am not embarrassed, Mr Moore. I feel absolutely fine about what I am saying. I believe that Canberra retailers and consumers will be worse off as a result of the committee's inadequate performance on this inquiry because the factors that have caused many small retailers to close in recent years and the major retail chains to increase their dominance of the ACT retail market remain unresolved.
Debate (on motion by Ms McRae) adjourned.
QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE
MR WHITECROSS: My question is to the Minister for Urban Services, Mr De Domenico, who is also the Minister responsible for ACTEW Corporation. Minister, the ACTEW Corporation annual report for 1995-96 states on page 29, under the heading "Equal employment opportunity":
Over the past year we have revised our EEO package to emphasise EEO for all staff, not just the target groups ...
Mrs Carnell: They also got the employer of the year award because of their work in EEO.
MR WHITECROSS: Minister, does this mean that ACTEW has developed an EEO program for able-bodied white males?
MR DE DOMENICO: I am delighted that Mr Whitecross asked that question. The answer is no. In fact, as Mrs Carnell interjected, ACTEW two weeks ago won the employer of the year award because of the work it has done with people with disabilities. It won a national award because of the work it is doing with people with disabilities.