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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 14 Hansard (6 December) . . Page.. 5670..


DR BOURKE (Ginninderra—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Corrections) (11.08): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I rise to commend the Work Health and Safety (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2011 to the Assembly. The bill flows from the passing of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 by this Assembly in September. The bill is not controversial in that it seeks to repeal legislation that will become redundant when the new legislation comes into effect on 1 January 2012. This is necessary to provide certainty and clarity to employers and workers as to which laws apply.

With that objective in mind, I am in a position to advise members that the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 will be made shortly. I will also notify several codes of practice developed through the national harmonisation process as well as retaining current ACT codes of practice on bullying and the sexual services industry, pending the completion of national work in this area. These codes will be notified under the Work Health and Safety Act when it commences on 1 January 2012.

The bill also amends 13 other pieces of legislation that referred to the Work Safety Act 2008 so that they will now reference the new act. If necessary, I will speak more to the bill when it is debated later this week. I would like to take this opportunity to thank members for allowing the bill to be considered during the last sitting week of the year.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Dunne) adjourned to the next sitting.

Race and Sports Bookmaking (Validation of Licences) Amendment Bill 2011

Ms Burch, by leave, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Community Services, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Women and Minister for Gaming and Racing) (11.11): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Prior to September 2001 bookmaking in the ACT was regulated under the Bookmakers Act 1985 which included a scheme for licensing race and sports bookmakers and their agents. The Race and Sports Bookmaking Act 2001 commenced on 8 September 2001 and replaced the Bookmakers Act 1985 at that time.

The Race and Sports Bookmaking Act 2001 included transitional arrangements that provided for bookmaker licences issued under the Bookmakers Act 1985—the old


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