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WITH State legislation before the Parliament in preparation for the introduction of Australia’s new tax changes – now less than nine months away – there is also a need to ensure the Government is GST compliant by next July.

The introduction of the tax package will impact on the State Government agencies in the same way as a private business and, to ensure a smooth transition, department heads are introducing individual management plans for the implementation of a range of administrative changes to reflect the new


Like their private sector counterparts, the public sector has some way to go to be fully able to accommodate the introduction of the GST.

However, planning is well underway and I am confident the government will be ready.

THE government is also paying

particular attention to helping small businesses make the transition to the GST.

As part of this, the Small Business Development Corporation is opening a dedicated one-stop shop at its offices in Hay Street, Perth later this month.

Small business operators will be able to either visit the centre themselves or use a telephone hotline for free information and guidance.

The centre will have a confidential appointment service as well as a mini call centre to handle the number of telephone enquiries expected.

The centre will also be linked to the State’s thirty-seven Business Enterprise Centres and sixty-five telecentres to help small businesses in regional areas.

I WAS very pleased to join the celebrations in Perth at the start of this month to mark the 50th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.

Western Australia’s connection with China dates back as early as 1829 when the first recorded Chinese immigrant arrived here.

Since then, Chinese culture has grown to be a big part of our multicultural society in Western Australia and the State has developed close cultural and economic ties with China.

In 1997-98, China was Western Australia’s fourth biggest export market and the eleventh biggest source of imports for this state.

We are working now to enhance that and the potential is there for China to become our biggest export market.

It is an exciting time in our relationship and I look forward to being part of forging closer links on a cultural and economic basis.

CONGRATULATIONS, too, to all of those involved in the recent Cadet Challenge ’99.

From the campsite at Langley Park to the city parade and the constant display of different activities and challenges it was an extraordinary event and truly inspirational to see so many enthusiastic and motivated young people together.

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