Campbell Newman’s small business minister has apologised for any offence caused when she told a retailer to show a bit of leg to help improve business.
Queensland’s small business minister has apologised for telling a retailer to show a bit of leg to help improve her business.
Jann Stuckey told a clothing store in Brisbane to “get a bit of leg out” when she was asked about how to boost foot traffic during a visit to a Brisbane shopping centre.
Ms Stuckey says she’s apologised for her comments, calling it lighthearted banter.
“I enjoyed my visit to Calamvale Shopping Centre this week, where I engaged in lighthearted banter with a number of retailers, including Instyle Boutique,” she told The Courier-Mail.
“I have since contacted the business owner to apologise for any offence that may have been taken by that banter.”
Boutique manager Tammy Young said she wasn’t offended by the comment, but said she hoped the Newman government had more plans for small business than what the minister offered during her visit.
“I think it’s great she gets out and visits the small businesses and hopefully she’ll put some ideas in place to make it busier and get some more business through the store.”
Ms Stuckey, who is also the tourism minister, has been dogged by staff departures amid claims she’s difficult to work for.
She copped a wave of criticism after heading to the Maldives to holiday over Christmas 2012, just after launching a tourism campaign urging people to holiday at home.