S.P.A.R.S Update: Reply from The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP

Dear Stuart,

Thanks for your email about your concept to assist reduce the financial gain from burgulary. I am sorry to hear about your experiences of being robbed and commend you for trying to come up with a positive from this bad experience.

In response to your query about who you could discuss your ideas with and help you develop this concept, I am aware that at a federal level Small Business Minister Craig Emerson announced on Budget night that the first Rudd Labor Government Budget provides $42 million to fund one-stop small business advisory centres across Australia. As this is a new initiative, however, the business advisory centres have yet to be established. They may be of future interest to you nevertheless. I have provided a link to the AusIndustry Website providing information about the Business Enterprise Centres (BECs):

http://www.ausindustry.gov.au/content/level3index.cfm?ObjectID=F8DF47D7-B3E9-46C2-990C9A7112B081FC&L2Parent=AEB901E5-7CB8-4143-A3BF33B2423F9DA6

If you would like more information about the BECs or to find out whether AusIndustry has any other programs that might be of assistance to you I would encourage to call the AusIndustry Hotline on 13 28 46 or email hotline@ausindustry.gov.au.

Alternatively, as the issues your concept is dealing with are primarily state government responsibilities (eg crime and police), you might want to consider contacting your NSW state member of parliament, Verity Firth, and ask whether she can direct you to any NSW State Government programs that might be of assistance to you. Her email address is balmain@parliament.nsw.gov.au.

I hope that this information is of use to you and I wish you every success in developing your ideas.

Best wishes,

Tanya

The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP
Federal Member for Sydney

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~ by stusheridan on May 14, 2008.

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