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    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Public comment sought for retail lease legislation review

    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Friday, December 02, 2011

    Public comment sought for retail lease legislation review

    The Queensland Government is inviting public input to the review of retail leasing legislation.

    Attorney-General Paul Lucas especially urged Queensland’s retail tenants, landlords and other stakeholders to give their feedback on the Retail Shop Leases Act 1994 (the Act) over the coming months.

    “This statutory review will look at how well the legislation is operating, including ways to simplify the Act to reduce red tape and costs for business,” Mr Lucas said.

    “We are also taking a look at how effective the processes are for resolving retail tenancy disputes, which is administered under this Act as well.

    “This is a most important piece of legislation given the size of retail trade in Queensland’s economy.”

    The Act was designed to address a power imbalance between shopping centre landlords and small retail tenants. The discussion paper is available at www.justice.qld.gov.au and comments will be received until 30 January 2012.

    Mr Lucas said preliminary consultations had already been held with key retail sector associations and other peak bodies.

    “Now all interested parties have the chance to give feedback on how well the Act is operating,” Mr Lucas said.

    “We are committed to having legislation which promotes equity in the conduct of retail businesses in shopping centres and other locations.”

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