Page 5820 - Week 15 - Thursday, 10 December 2009

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Manuka supermarket (which is located in the highest relative socioeconomic population surveyed) was the 7th most expensive, after the IGA stores and the two Gungahlin supermarkets.

The data did not indicate that having a greater number of supermarkets (of any brand) in close proximity to each other lowered the price of those supermarkets relative to less closely located supermarkets.

The following observations were noted in the survey of 4 June 2009:

Both Coles and Woolworths have similar prices across stores in the ACT region.

The smaller, locally-based supermarkets (IGAs) were more expensive than their larger competitors (consistent with ACCC’s findings).

There was no compelling evidence that proximity to Aldi impacts on prices charged by supermarkets.

There was no evidence to suggest prices vary in accordance with socioeconomic region.

(3) a) None

b) None

(4) This is not applicable given the Department has not undertaken any other price surveys on a regular nor an ad hoc basis since 2001.

(5) The Commonwealth has released two discussion papers regarding creeping acquisitions. The two discussion papers differ markedly in their approaches to addressing the issue. The Government understands the Commonwealth is currently developing its position on the issue and will make an announcement shortly. Once the Commonwealth publishes a clear direction, the Department of Treasury will brief me appropriately.

(6) Given the Commonwealth’s Creeping Acquisition policy position has not been announced, the Department of Treasury has not provided me with advice on how the Federal Government’s creeping acquisitions policy will interact with the ACT’s Supermarket Review.

(Question No 450)

Mr Seselja asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 19 November 2009 (redirected to the Treasurer):

(1) How many regulations has the Government (a) removed and (b) implemented since October 2008.

(2) What assessment has the Government made of the cost of regulations on (a) business and (b) the community more broadly.

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