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MR SMYTH (continuing):

how much of the third appropriation had actually been spent. I was just wondering whether the Treasurer could tell us when that report is forthcoming.

MR SPEAKER: That is not a matter in relation to questions.

Mr Quinlan: Sorry, I haven't got the specific date. When did I undertake; by when?

MR SMYTH: One of the recommendations of the Estimates Committee was that the government report back to the Legislative Assembly on the first sitting day of August.

MR SPEAKER: Order! That's an appropriate question for question time, Mr Smyth, if you want to raise it then. Or you can write to the minister.

Mr Quinlan: There's still plenty of August left.

MR SMYTH: But it was due on the first sitting day in August.

MR SPEAKER: Well, tomorrow at question time you might like to raise that, Mr Smyth. Nice try.

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, I follow in your footsteps. I sit in the shadow of your chair.

Gambling and race control

Papers and statement by minister

MR QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming, and Acting Minister for Planning): For the information of members, I present the following papers:

Gambling and Racing Control Act-

Review of the Gambling and Racing Control (Code of Practice) Regulations 2002, undertaken by the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission.

Gambling and Racing Control (Code of Practice) Amendment Regulations 2004 (No 1)-Subordinate Law SL2004-31 (LR, 2 August 2004).

I ask for leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR QUINLAN: Mr Speaker, the Gambling and Racing Control (Code of Practice) Regulations 2002 are groundbreaking, harm minimisation strategies that this government introduced in December 2002. These regulations are still the national if not international leaders in addressing the harm-minimisation aspects of gambling and problem gambling. This document is visionary in its approach to establishing minimum standards for the industry to follow in the protection of the community.

The code of practice covers such important issues as staff training and care, keeping records of problem gambling incidents, having a specially trained gambling contact officer, self-exclusion for patrons, licensee-initiated exclusion of patrons who have a problem with their gambling, maximum cash payouts for winnings, restrictions on


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