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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 9 Hansard (19 August) . . Page.. 3352..


MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

employer and employee organisations. I am advised that those submissions covered a range of issues and included some recommended changes to the draft regulations. I also understand that a few submissions recommended changes that went to the Work Safety Act 2008 itself, which of course is beyond the scope of the exposure draft regulations.

The submissions were considered at a special meeting of the Occupational Health and Safety Council on 7 August 2009. I understand that the chair of the council will shortly write to me advising the outcome of the council's deliberations, including any recommended changes to the present draft regulations. I will consider those matters, including any amendments, when I receive that report.

I am also advised that the proposed changes will not impact on the commencement of the regulations on 1 October 2009. I am committed to ensuring that the Work Safety Act 2008 and the work safety regulations 2009 commence on 1 October but it should be noted that, at Mrs Dunne's request, a briefing on this matter was arranged on 29 June. A further briefing was offered but not taken up. If it had been, this information would have been provided at that time.

Gaming—sale of Labor clubs

Debate resumed.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (2.52): When we rose at lunch I was saying that I thought that the proposal put forward by the Greens was deficient because it removed so many good elements of Mr Seselja's original motion, things which the Greens themselves should be quite comfortable with, including calling on the ministers to make a full and frank disclosure of any involvement that they may have had in relation to this matter.

On contemplation of this over lunch, I have decided to move an amendment to Ms Hunter's amendment, which the Clerk has had circulated. I move:

Omit paragraph (2), substitute:

"(2) raises concerns about the proposed sale of the Labor Club group which will see a potential massive windfall from what is in effect the sale of poker machines;

(3) notes:

(a) the potential for the proposed transaction to undermine the public acceptance and original intent of the community based gaming model; and

(b) the sections of the Gaming Machine Act 2004 that identify influential persons and prohibits clubs that operate poker machines from being under the influence of outside parties;

(4) raises concerns about reports that Labor Party representatives, and members of the current Government, may have been involved in influencing the decisions of the board of the Labor Club group;


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