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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 5 Hansard (29 May) . . Page.. 1140..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

allow the other strict eligibility criteria in the act to determine the success or otherwise of an application for a gaming machine licence.

The Leader of the Opposition has spoken to me in relation to a particular circumstance which this particular amendment will address in relation to a member of our community. I am pleased to be able to support the Leader of the Opposition to resolve an issue of some distress and concern to a member of our community, and the government is happy to support the amendment at this time.

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra—Leader of the Opposition) (5.24), in reply: I want to place on record my appreciation of the prompt response that the Chief Minister has brought to this bill since I introduced it in May. Our officers have worked well together in relation to this sensible amendment which has some very real connotations for several small businesses in the ACT: the purchaser, who is very keen to buy the business, and the person who is selling the business and who has effectively done so but has incurred a considerable additional weekly expense because of a move in relation to another business. So there are some very real personal issues in relation to this matter.

I thank the Chief Minister and I thank his departmental officials for the prompt response and the assistance that they have given to the opposition to resolve this issue, which is of real concern to some people in our community. The amendment is a very sensible one which will have further ramifications, and sensible ramifications, in reducing red tape and will affect a number of other small businesses from time to time in the ACT in a very positive way. I thank members for their support.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Adjournment

Motion (by Mr Corbell ) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Industrial relations

Canberra Raiders—players

MR SESELJA (Molonglo) (5.26): I would like to say a couple of words, firstly, about the hypocrisy of the Australian Labor Party. We have all witnessed in recent times the Labor Party's quite incessant attacks on businesses because of their workplace arrangements, yet it seems that when it is one of their own, when someone very close to the Labor Party has sought flexibility in their workplace arrangements, they are being given the benefit of the doubt in a way that many other businesses have not been given by the Labor Party.


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