Page 1994 - Week 06 - Wednesday, 6 May 2009

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MR HARGREAVES: Firstly, I apologise to Mrs Dunne for not having the question delivered. It was given to me two days ago to sign, to be brought down here. It had some grammatical errors in it. It was just a case of the timetable and bringing it down. It had some grammatical errors in it, I sent it back to get those grammatical errors fixed and I am hopeful that it will be here either this afternoon or tomorrow.

Question No 181

MRS DUNNE: Mr Speaker, I ask for an explanation from the Minister for Children and Young People in relation to question on notice No 181, which was due with me on 2 May.

MR BARR: I will check with my office. I believe I have signed off that question on notice.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Budget—retail sales

MS GALLAGHER: Mr Speaker, I have a matter relating to question time and a question that I took from Mr Smyth. Through question time, I have had an opportunity to look at the retail trade March figures. As Mr Smyth said, the value of retail trade showed a fall of 0.1 per cent in the month of March, for the month-only figures. But the release also includes quarterly volume data, which is more relevant to analyse retail trade.

From what I can see there, I think that volume data show increases in retail trade in the ACT by 1.4 per cent, stronger than the national average of one and the third highest behind the Northern Territory and New South Wales. I think the answer is that people are buying more but the prices are decreasing. It is completely in line with the Treasury predictions as outlined in the budget.

Answers to questions on notice

Question No 167

MR SESELJA: Under standing order 118A, I seek an explanation from the Attorney-General in relation to outstanding question 167.

MR CORBELL: Again, Mr Speaker, that question has been signed off by me and should be with Mr Seselja shortly.

Eggs (Cage Systems) Legislation Amendment Bill 2009

Exposure draft

MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo), by leave: I table an exposure draft of the Eggs (Cage Systems) Legislation Amendment Bill 2009 and seek leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

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