Retail Leases Amendment Bill 2012
Written on the 15 November 2012
I am also pleased to speak briefly on the Retail Leases Amendment Bill 2012, and I am pleased that members opposite are not opposing this bill. As highlighted by my colleague Mrs Kronberg, this bill is going to cut red tape and make business easier to conduct in this state, especially in the area of retail, which is under significant pressure in the current economic climate. Anything we can do to support business by cutting red tape will assist the very important retail sector. This piece of legislation is intended to reduce red tape and decrease the regulatory burden. It is part of the coalition government's election commitment to slash red tape, and the government is supporting small business and business in general.
Notifying changes to the small business commissioner in the manner it has been done is time consuming and quite redundant in 2012 when technological advances have led to enhanced and updated databases and there are mechanisms to register and maintain details in a way that means they can be easily updated.
Mr Koch interjected.
Ms CROZIER -- Chapel Street is an excellent example, Mr Koch, of a very vibrant, very good retail precinct in Melbourne. It is iconic, as Mr Koch knows; I am sure he has been down there a number of times. It provides a huge economic boost to this state and should be supported. The member for Prahran -- --
Mr Koch interjected.
Ms CROZIER -- You raise a very good issue. The clearways issue affected retail right across the area, right down Chapel Street, High Street, Malvern Road and Toorak Road -- all those areas. Mr Newton-Brown, the member for Prahran in the Assembly, and my parliamentary colleague Mrs Coote led the charge to remove clearways for years because of the huge impost they were going to place on those retail outlets, and they should be congratulated. There has since been a great boost to the local economy. Anything we can do to support retail, like getting rid of clearways, an initiative which was applauded and supported, is a further demonstration of the coalition government's commitment to supporting small business and retail.