Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 6 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2673..
MS TUCKER (4.52): I was waiting to hear Mr Stefaniak's argument, but I have listened to Mr Quinlan's, which seems to be that you do not need a regular renewal process-that is too mechanical. So I guess he is making assumptions about what that process would be, and he thinks that right now it is generally working very well. The Greens do not have a problem with this amendment of the Democrats; it is probably a greater accountability mechanism. We support it.
MR STEFANIAK (4.53): Having had the benefit of a good chat with the licensed clubs, I am inclined to accept the government's explanation in relation to this. We will not be supporting the amendment.
Clause 9 agreed to.
Clause 10 agreed to.
MR QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism and Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming) (4.53): Mr Speaker, I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 3 at page 2761] and present a supplementary explanatory statement to the government's amendments.
Amendment agreed to.
Clause 11, as amended, agreed to.
Clauses 12 to 14, by leave, taken together and agreed to.
Proposed new clause 14A.
MS DUNDAS (4.54): I move amendment No 2 circulated in my name, which inserts a new clause 14A [see schedule 2 at page 2756].
I know that this amendment is consequential to amendment No 1, which has been defeated by this Assembly. I thought it was important to again make the point that we still remain with a licence situation in the ACT where somebody can have a gaming licence granted in perpetuity. Despite the argument put forward by the Treasurer, I still remain concerned about this. I hope that in the future we can come up with a way of addressing these problems and that we do not continue to have a system where poker machine licences are granted indefinitely.
Proposed new clause 14A negatived.
Clauses 15 and 16, by leave, taken together and agreed to.