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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (19 August 1981)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (19 August 1981)


Debates for 3rd Assembly 1980 - 1983; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 3rd Assembly 1980 - 1983




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DEBATES - Wednesday 19 August 1981 fact that it is not being used for the purpose for which it was given, and I did not receive an answer on that question. The Chief Minister gave certain information to the Assembly, which was welcomed and which was informative, but he did not answer that particular question. If that area of Knocker Bay is no longer being used as a pearl lease, would he have a look at the terms of the lease and consider resuming it so that it can be cleaned up, not at cost to the taxpayer either, and put to better use rather than leaving it in the derelict shambles that it is at the moment? Mrs PADGHAM-PURICH (Tiwi): Mr Deputy Speaker, this afternoon I would like to speak at the request of 1026 people. Yesterday, I was presented with a petition to present to the Assembly on behalf of those people but, because of technicalities of composition and wording, I was unable to present it as a petition. I would like to speak in support of the wishes of those people in this adjournment debate. Those 1026 people have expressed very clearly that they do not want Sunday trading in the Darwin area. I will read out the exact wording of the petition: To the honourable Speaker and members of the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory, this petition of the undersigned does hereby beseech thee to take prompt action and institute legislation to regulate extended trading hours of traders who employ more than 25 people and who are detrimentally attacking the traditional market of local business. I have checked through the signatures, the whole 1026 of them, and I see that they are all local people. There are no visitors or tourists among them. In fact, I see that there are about 10 or 12 people from the Howard Springs and Humpty Doo area whom I know personally. These people do not want trading hours extended to Sunday which will leave shops open for 7 days a week. If Sunday trading does come in, they want small shops only to open - those that employ 25 and less people. The reason they want these restrictions or regulations imposed if Sunday trading is to be introduced is that they can see unfair com petition from the big supermarkets. I have met with representatives of the ~mall traders and the Minister for Community Development. The minister stated that he did not think it was in the interest of the government or the people of the Territory to introduce restrictive legislation at this time. In a way I agree with him that we have far too much restrictive legislation, but it is necessary because of the way certain people in the community behave. I have been assured by a senior representative of one of the companies which controls one of the supermarkets that he had no intention of bringing in Sunday trading. Some of these 1026 people may be shopkeepers but I \V'ould say the majority of them are consumers. On .the one hand, we have the small shopkeeper saying the larger supermarkets willintroduce Sunday trading and they are very worried about what they consider will be unfair competition. On the other hand, we hear the representative of a large supermarket saying that he will not introduce Sunday trading. I think the statement that Sunday trading will not come about is made in all good faith at this time. The large companies say they will not introduce Sunday trading at the moment. We know very well that people and large companies can change their minds. I say a time could come when they may want to introduce Sunday trading. The people whose views I represent today say that they do not want it and I have been told that, in a few days time, I will be presented with another petition with more signatures which will show that yet more people are not interested in Sunday trading. It might seem odd that small traders do not want to open on Sundays because it might be said that, if they open on Sundays, they will make more money. They realise, as well as most other sensible people realise, that there is more to life than making money and, if they are working 6 days a week, they want a bit of time off. In most cases, these people are not only operating by themselves l33l

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