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Wednesday, 11 August 2004
Page: 2152

Miss JACKIE KELLY (Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister) (9:49 AM) —It is great to see the member for Bendigo standing up for 150 jobs in his area. I would urge him to talk to his fellow members for Reid, Banks, Fowler, Werriwa and all around that area about the 450 jobs that are about to be lost at the Orange Grove centre. This is a centre which the Liverpool council—so we are talking again about Labor members—supported. On 8 December 2003, the Liverpool council resolved to prepare and exhibit a draft LEP to introduce a new definition—for an outlets centre—into the Liverpool LEP, to rezone land from 4A industrial to 4B industrial special under Liverpool's 1997 local government environment plan and to allow that land and land at Orange Grove Road, Liverpool to be used for the purposes of factory outlets centres. Everyone who has gone into those centres subsequently has also had a Da approved.

On a physical inspection of the site, it is clearly in a bulky goods area. There is a large domain complex to the left and the outlets centre is on the other side. As a female and an aficionado of shopping, it is a different shopping experience to what you get at a Westfield. Westfield has been the main protagonist in this area and there are rumours about all sorts of contributions to ALP campaigns. I heard one rumour that an amount as high as $200,000 went to the ALP's coffers on this sort of issue, and I would like to see a royal commission look into it. The New South Wales state government are quick off the mark for some royal commissions—they were quick on the Panthers—but they will not organise a royal commission into the Liverpool council, the Oasis development and now the Orange Grove development.

If these factory outlets are forced to close, 450 jobs will go. Talking to one patisserie there, I found out that they have an individual DA from council for their patisserie. As a small business, they have invested hugely. Their business is state of the art. This is not just some small investment; this is a cake shop that is seriously up and running, with cake orders coming through. It employs many people, and it involves a huge investment by small business people, which Labor are about to wipe off. The legal cases that will come out of this and the funds that will be lost by the poor small businesses and employees of the electorate of Fowler is disgraceful. We have not seen one single member from the Labor Party stand up in this House and begrudge the 450 jobs that will be lost in the Western Sydney area, which is short on industrial land. We should be locating these jobs close to homes in Liverpool and areas like Campbelltown. I expect to see better from the New South Wales members of the Labor Party. They should follow the example set by the member for Bendigo.