WALL TABLES PETITION CALLING FOR SUPPORT OF SMALL BUSINESS OVER LOTTERY SALES

Shadow Minister for Small Business Andrew Wall will today table a petition signed by 2619 ACT residents calling on the Barr government to support calls to prevent the sale of lottery products by corporate giants such as Coles and Woolworths in places like service stations.

“In September I tabled a piece of legislation that sought to ensure newsagents, dedicated kiosks and other small businesses retain the ability to sell and promote lottery products. This legislation is due to be debated today in the ACT Assembly,” Mr Wall said today.

“Today, the petition being tabled reiterates the view of the community that small local business is important, it is valued and should be supported at every opportunity in order to remain viable.

“After presenting the petition, members of the ACT Assembly will have an opportunity to vote on the legislation. Showing support for this Bill also shows that the Labor members in the Assembly place priority on small local business.

“Should the current Labor government fail to support this legislation, they will be illustrating just how out of touch with community expectation they have become after 15 years in power,” Mr Wall concluded.