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some information on the leases, for interest. Most of the leases turned out to be commercial. That will give you an indication of where the clubs are and how they are sited.

I would like to finish by offering my thanks. First and foremost I would like to thank the secretariat. Through you, Mr Clerk, and through you, Madam Deputy Speaker, could you pass on the thanks of the committee to the secretariat. Again, it had quite a long and involved participation rate. Dr Andrea Cullen started the process and was with us until 9 June. Then Mr Andrew Snedden took it on from 9 June until today. I am sure he will be relieved not to be doing this as well as his regular duties. Kate Harkins, who is actually the stand-in for Dr Cullen, no doubt backed up and assisted. Mr Greg Hall sat there and listened and helped us with the drafting. I thank Greg for his attention and Lydia for all her assistance. We offer our thanks to all of those in the secretariat who helped us produce the report.

I would say thank you to my colleagues. There is no doubt that we had a diverse range of views, but the fact that we were able to meld those into something significant for the club sector is a tribute to you all. Madam Deputy Speaker, you were the deputy chair of the committee. I thank you for your support. I think you are known very much as a big supporter and a person who understands what the clubs do in generating wellbeing in our community.

Mr Rattenbury had a sort of cameo role. He would be there for part of a PAC meeting and then he would not be there for the rest. I know the difficulty that being on the committee placed on his schedule as a minister. To Ms Fitzharris and Ms Lawder, thank you for your work. We all had different views but we came up with something that I believe, if implemented, will assist the clubs to survive, to diversify and to continue offering what they do, but will actually help the community as well and hopefully lead to paths of recovery for those who suffer the affliction of problem gambling.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

One Canberra reference group

Ministerial statement

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Minister for Housing, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Community Services, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Women and Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Social Inclusion and Equality) (11.36): For the information of members I would like to make the following ministerial statement on the One Canberra reference group report which, today, I have the privilege to table. Our identity as a city has been proudly and profoundly shaped by each person that makes our city their home. Canberra today has residents from nearly 200 different countries, with over a quarter of Canberra's total population born overseas. Each person represents a variety of faiths, cultures, histories and experiences.

As a community, most people recognise the valuable contribution each individual makes to the strength, harmony and vigour of our community. The One Canberra


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