Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 1 Hansard (9 February) . .
As Minister for Racing and Gaming I also sought, and received, assurances that NSW Lotteries will not seek to expand its sales network into large ACT supermarkets until at least 31 March 2018. This assurance is in line with the terms of the NSW Memorandum of Understanding signed between NSW Lotteries and the NSW Government, and is an important protection measure for existing ACT lottery outlets, the majority of which are small businesses.
A Private Members Bill was introduced to the Legislative Assembly by Mr Wall MLA in September 2015 seeking to exclude larger businesses (in addition to other entities) from being lottery outlets in the ACT. As part of the bill's debate, while acknowledging the good intentions behind the bill, the Government believed that it would not deliver on its intended purpose of restricting the sale of lottery products to small business operators. Significant amendments are required to the bill before it can be brought forward for further consideration.
Statement by Speaker
MADAM SPEAKER: Pursuant to standing order 223, the government whip at the time, Dr Bourke, wrote to me advising proposed changes to the membership of certain Assembly committees, and I agreed to those changes on 21 January 2016. They are as follows:
Dr Bourke and Ms Fitzharris be discharged from the Standing Committee on Health, Ageing, Community and Social Services and Ms Burch and Ms Porter be appointed in their places.
Dr Bourke be discharged from the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety and Ms Burch be appointed in his place.
Dr Bourke and Ms Fitzharris be discharged from the Standing Committee on Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services and Ms Burch and Ms Porter be appointed in their places.
Ms Fitzharris be discharged from the Standing Committee on Public Accounts and Ms Burch be appointed in her place.
For the information of members I present the following paper:
Standing Committees—Membership—Proposed changes—Copy of letter to the Speaker from the Government Whip, dated 21 January 2016.
Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to:
That the changes to the membership of general purpose standing committees as proposed to and agreed by the Speaker pursuant to standing order 223 be adopted.
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