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AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY-JOINT COMMITTEE-REPORT ON RETAIL TRADING HOURS IN THE A.C.T

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Reid- That the Senate take note of the Report-And on the amendment moved thereto by Senator Colston, viz: At end of motion, add: '', but the Senate agrees with the views and the conclusions expressed in the Dissenting Report by Mrs R. J. Kelly, M.P., Mr K. L. Fry, M.P., and Senator Colston, and that the President forward a copy of this Resolution to the Speaker of the Australian Capital Territory House of Assembly''-And on the amendment moved by Senator Reid to Senator Colston's amendment, viz: Leave out all words after ''Senate'', insert ''is of the opinion that it would be premature for the Senate to determine an attitude to the Report of the Committee before the Canberra community has had the opportunity to consider the Report in detail and before the Government has had an opportunity to respond to the Report''.

Debate resumed.

Senator Harradine moved an amendment to the amendment proposed by Senator Reid, viz: Leave out all words after ''that'', insert ''the unanimous view of the Committee that retail trading hours in the A.C.T. should not be de-regulated deserves recognition, but considers that the recommendation of the majority of the Committee is inconsistent with the Government's stated objective of preserving jobs and small businesses and further is contrary to the views of the community in the A.C.T. as expressed by the House of Assembly Committee Report on Trading Hours; and that Mr President forward a copy of this resolution to the Speaker of the A.C.T. House of Assembly''.

On the motion of Senator Grimes the debate was adjourned.

Ordered-That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for the next day of sitting.