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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 6 Hansard (5 June) . . Page.. 1818..


The bill will also reduce regulatory requirements for certain licensees relating to signage, the display of licences and advertising. In relation to the Hawkers Act 2003, hawkers will no longer be required to display their licence or an exemption to operate near a commercial business and will only have to produce a licence or exemption at the request of an authorised person. In relation to the Pawn Brokers Act 1902, the Sale of Motor Vehicles Act 1997 and the Second-hand Dealers Act 1906, the amendments will remove requirements for the display of signage indicating that a licensee is a licensed dealer. A licensee will still be required to display the licence in a prominent place at premises where the business is carried on under the licence.

Under the Tobacco Act 1927, licensees that sell tobacco products will only have to display the licence on the business premises but will not have to display the detailed conditions that accompany the licence. For the purposes of the Gaming and Machine Act 2004, gaming machine licensee details will now only need to be prominently displayed at the main entry of a gaming area and not at every entry into and exit out of a gaming area.

In regard to the Security Industry Act 2003, the Fair Trading (Motor Vehicle Repair Industry) Act 2010 and the Sale of Motor Vehicles Act 1977, this bill will lift requirements for these businesses to display or state their licence number in all advertising materials. Finally, the amendments I present today will remove the duplication of statutory declarations attached to the deed when lodging a deed for registration if the power of attorney contains certification as required under the Powers of Attorney Act 2006.

In conclusion, as part of the government's business development strategy released in 2012, I convened a red tape reduction panel to identify regulations that imposed unnecessary burdens, costs or disadvantages on business activity within the territory. This bill is another example of the work of the panel to date. However, regulatory reform and red tape reduction are ongoing priorities for the government and I will be bringing further bills to the Assembly in the coming sitting weeks. We will continue our important engagement with the local business community to develop this agenda further. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Smyth) adjourned to the next sitting.

Payroll Tax Amendment Bill 2014

Mr Barr, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Sport and Recreation, Minister for Tourism and Events and Minister for Community Services) (10.28): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.


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