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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 4 Hansard (15 March) . . Page.. 1007..


MR QUINLAN (continuing):

As to recommendation 37, dealing with gaming machines in the casino, the government has a stated policy of not supporting the operation of gaming machines in the casino. The government therefore notes the commission's recommendation relating to those matters that should be taken into account if machines were permitted in that casino. However, the government does recognise that, as it would ultimately be a matter for the Legislative Assembly to decide whether gaming machines should be permitted in the casino, the issue raised by the commission in this regard should be considered by the Assembly if the matter is ever considered in the future for debate.

The commission's review report and the government's response to the recommendations will form the basis of a revised Casino Control Act that will be presented to the Assembly for consideration in the near future. Accordingly, I am pleased to present concurrently the commission's policy paper entitled Review of Casino Control Act 1988 and the government's response to that review.

Papers

Mr Corbell presented the following papers:

Calvary Public Hospital-Information Bulletin-Patient Activity Data-January 2005.

The Canberra Hospital-Information Bulletin-Patient Activity Data-January 2005.

Petition-out of order

Embassy Motel site, Deakin-proposed redevelopment-Mr Seselja (445 citizens).

Canberra plan

Ministerial statement

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra-Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs) (3.16): Mr Speaker, I ask for leave of the Assembly to make a ministerial statement concerning the Canberra plan.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: Almost exactly one year ago I had an opportunity given to very few individuals-the opportunity to set out my government's vision for the future of this city.

In October last year, the people of Canberra gave me another opportunity-to spend the next four years making that vision a reality. They gave me that chance because they share my hopes for this city and my confidence in its future. Importantly, they gave me that chance because the vision set out in the Canberra plan is a vision that was given shape and direction by Canberrans themselves. It is a vision that will endure beyond the political lifetime of those in this Assembly, a plan whose social, economic and spatial legacy will be felt by our children and grandchildren.


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