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here is to get rid of plastic straws. It does not mean that people should not have access to straws. For example, the organisation that was our first partner, which was the BentSpoke pub in Braddon, has ordered several hundred stainless steel straws, which do the job perfectly well. There are alternatives, such as bamboo. We are cognisant that there may be people who, in some circumstances, may need a straw because of perhaps a physical disability or for some other reason.
MS LEE: Minister, what consultation was held with disability groups before the campaign was launched?
MR RATTENBURY: I would need to take the exact detail on notice, if that is what Ms Lee wants. What I can say is that there were conversations with disability organisations by the staff at Actsmart. They were very cognisant of this issue, and they did seek some advice.
MISS C BURCH: Minister, why is there no information available on the straws suck website on alternatives to plastic straws?
MR RATTENBURY: I will have to take that on notice.
Business—red tape reduction
MS ORR: My question is to the Minister for Business and Regulatory Services. Can the minister outline how the government is helping to cut red tape and promote vibrant and active small businesses in the city?
MR RAMSAY: I thank Ms Orr for the question. The government is constantly working to ensure that this city is one where it is very easy to do business and to help facilitate the diverse and vibrant city we want Canberra to be. The recently passed red tape reduction bill is helping to cut red tape and to simplify requirements for our various incorporated associations across the territory.
There is a wide variety of these associations across Canberra serving the community in many ways, including through sport, advocacy and social inclusion. We want to reduce the level of red tape for these businesses to ensure that they can spend as much time as they can doing what they do best. Through this red tape reduction and a number of other initiatives, we are also helping to promote a vibrant and active small business scene in Canberra. We are allowing new forms of ID to be used.
This government simplifies the system for business in many ways. We are providing free use of outdoor spaces for cafes, restaurants and bars and allowing them to trial new business models for free. Access Canberra has a case management team to help new liquor and food businesses set up, providing a single point of contact for these businesses to ask questions and to receive help to navigate the processes.
It has an events team to help people and businesses organising events to work through the government processes with ease and to assist to get their new and innovative ideas off the ground. This government is building a city where we promote and help new