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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 8 Hansard (11 August) . .

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Mr Hanson interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, you are about to be warned as well.

MR BARR: Prior to the system change in 2011, the change of use charge regime operated in the territory. All variations prior to that point are assessed under the old system. From 2011 onwards, the lease variation charge system applies.

I do note that, for all the interjections, you oppose the lease variation charge and you are proposing to get rid of it. You do not believe that the community should benefit from some of the uplift. You believe in all the windfall gains going to the developers. That is your policy position. That is the bed that you have made. You can lie in it.

Gaming—regulation

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, on Tuesday you said in response to a question from Ms Lawder about cuts to positions in the Gambling and Racing Commission that:

... the whole point of the exercise, both tape reduction and the administrative changes within Access Canberra, was to focus our regulatory efforts on the highest risk areas ...

Chief Minister, why do you believe that regulation of gaming and racing is a low risk area where the government can afford to lose 28 per cent of its staff?

MR BARR: Because as a result of the legislative changes, a lot of the work in that area is no longer required by regulation. We no longer require that regulatory work to be undertaken because the law has changed.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Chief Minister, how do you determine whether an issue in the gaming and racing portfolio is a regulatory issue coming under your responsibility or a policy issue for which Mr Gentleman has responsibility?

MR BARR: The areas of difference in terms of responsibility are outlined in the administrative arrangements

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Burch.

MS BURCH: Chief Minister, do you have any difficulty understanding the difference between the regulations from Access Canberra and the Gambling and Racing Commission and who is responsible?

MR BARR: No.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Wall.


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