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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 13 Hansard (4 December) . . Page.. 4384 ..

Small Business

MR BERRY: My question is to the Minister for making small business smaller, Mr De Domenico.

MR SPEAKER: Ministers are to be addressed by their ministerial title, not flippancies, Mr Berry.

MR BERRY: I was not flippant, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: You might not be, but I think you are. You will refer to Mr De Domenico by his correct title.

MR BERRY: Mr De Domenico, the Minister for Business, et cetera.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you.

Mr Moore: You have shortened the title, Wayne.

MR BERRY: "Et cetera" usually covers it; anything you can dream about.

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Moore!

MR BERRY: The Minister was quick to claim that small business was on the improve because of the Government's measures. I refer the Minister to this claim in an article in the Canberra Times of 2 December:

... many small business proprietors say any improvement has little to do with the Government.

How do you reconcile your earlier claim with that response? There is this further claim in the article:

ACT Chamber of Commerce and Industry vice-president Peter Dalton said ... many small businesses were still undergoing extreme hardship and were still recovering from upheavals in the public and private sectors?

How do you reconcile your claim with that? The article continues:

He said many small businesses dealing with specific products were disappointed in the lack of encouragement provided by the ACT Government.

How do you reconcile your claim with that statement? Do you think your claim and the facts are reconcilable? In the Canberra Times of 30 November there is an ad from firms called Personally Yours and Canberra Uniform Centre. It reads:

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