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Wednesday, 29 September 1971
Page: 1616

Mr ENDERBY - I direct my question to the Minister for the Interior. Is it a fact that there has for some time been a demand by discount stores to acquire premises in Canberra suitable for the conduct of their type of business? Is it also a fact that such discount stores are often able to sell their goods at prices as much as IS per cent, 20 per cent or even 25 per cent less than other stores? Is there not advantage to the people of Canberra if discount stores are not discouraged from trading in Canberra? Has a large building suitable for discount trading and located in Canberra Avenue been vacant since May of this year when it was constructed? Has the Minister been approached by a large discount store with a request that he not apply his veto to having the purpose clause changed so that it can lease the site and use it for discount trading?

Mr SPEAKER - Order! The honourable member's question is far too long and he is giving too much detail. I suggest that the honourable member ask his question.

Mr ENDERBY - Has the Minister refused the request? If so, why? Will the Minister give to the people of Canberra and this House his reasons?

Mr HUNT (GWYDIR, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Interior) - The answer to the first question is yes. The answer to the second question is yes. I have been approached by a group concerned and I am having a further look at the matters raised by the honourable member for the Australian Capital Territory.

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