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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 1 Hansard (13 December) . . Page.. 241..


MR SMYTH (continuing):

thing. The commissioner says in the report that it would be beneficial to the disability community, and I cannot for the life of me believe that the Labor government would now say that they will do something that goes against looking after a section of a community that deserves all the consideration and assistance we can offer.

It is important that we all have a look at this report, when we get copies of it, to see that it says that there are benefits. Indeed, the commissioner, from my memory of the report, says that perhaps we will review this in a year or two but that there is benefit in putting all of the wheelchair accessible taxi plates into one network to ensure the quality of the delivery of service to the disability community. It is a shame that the government has not now taken the opportunity, based on the independent advice of the commissioner, to do something beneficial and worth while.

Perhaps one of my colleagues will adjourn the debate on the report, so that we can all look at it. We might bring this subject back on for some further discussion in the future.

Motion (by Mr Quinlan) proposed:

That the Assembly takes note of the report.

Debate (on motion by Mr Wood) adjourned to the next sitting.

Community contributions made by gaming machine licensees

Paper

MR QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming and Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Corrections) (3.50): For the information of members and pursuant to section 60F of the Gaming Machine Act of 1997, I present the following paper:

Gaming Machine Act-Community contributions made by gaming machine licensees-Fourth Report by the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission, 1 July 2000 to 30 June 2001

This is the fourth report tabled in this place in relation to contributions made to charitable and community organisations. The first two reports were produced by the Commissioner for ACT Revenue. I am informed by the group in front of me that this is the first year in which a minimum contribution is compulsory. Does anyone want to make an advance on that? The second? This might be last year's speech recycled-a touch of deja vu. Does anybody remember this speech?

Mrs Dunne: No, they are right. This speech is different from last year's.

MR QUINLAN: Okay. The legislation governing the report is in place; we know that is happening. Let's just cut to the chase. I will mention some of the things that are included in this report, starting with hotels. Hotels had a gross gain in revenue for 2000-01 of $367,000, which is an increase of about $65,000 on the previous year. The six hotel licensees contributed 8.64 per cent of their gross gaming revenue to community groups.


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