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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 4 Hansard (15 March) . . Page.. 1006..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

Environment and Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs): For the information of members, I present pursuant to sections 31A and 79 of the Public Sector Management Act 1994, copies of contracts in accordance with the list circulated. I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the papers.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, I present another set of executive contracts. These documents are tabled in accordance with sections 31A and 79 of the Public Sector Management Act, which require the tabling of all executive contracts and contract variations. Contracts were previously tabled on 8 March. Today I present one short-term contract. The details of the contracts will be circulated to members.

Paper

Mr Stanhope presented the following paper:

Water Efficiency and Labelling Standards Bill 2004-revised explanatory statement.

Casino Control Act 1988-review

Papers and statement by minister

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

Gaming and Racing Control Act, pursuant to paragraph 13 (2) (f)-

Review of Casino Control Act 1988-policy paper, dated October 2004.

Review of Casino Control Act 1988-policy paper-government response.

I seek to leave to make a statement relating to the report.

Leave granted.

MR QUINLAN: Mr Speaker, under the Gaming and Racing Control Act of 1999, the functions of the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission include the requirement to review legislation and to make recommendations to the minister. In December 2004, the commission, as part of its ongoing program of legislative reviews, presented its policy paper titled Review of the Casino Control Act 1988 to me as Minister for Racing and Gaming.

The commission's review included a wide range of recommendations that could be adopted by government to enhance the regulation and operation of the casino in the ACT. I can announce that, of the 37 recommendations, there appears to be no issues of concern and the government is pleased to be able to support recommendations 1 to 36 of the commission's recommendations and has also agreed to the preparation of draft legislation to give effect to these reforms to the ACT's casino control laws.


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