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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 9 Hansard (22 August) . .

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MR RAMSAY (Ginninderra—Attorney-General, Minister for Regulatory Services, Minister for the Arts and Community Events and Minister for Veterans and Seniors) (11.44): I simply wish to reaffirm that the government believes this clause is an important part of supporting clubs in their business diversification. It was a clear election commitment. As we have often stated, this government is not in a position of revisiting or stepping away from the commitments that we have made. The clubs are already indicating that they know and they have recognised that there is a need for them to move away from a reliance on gaming machines.

Not every piece of policy aim can be reduced to legislation. What we have in this legislation is the establishment of the rebate and the clear establishment also of the review mechanism, which will be required to be tabled in the Assembly by November 2019. It is an important part of the package. It is an important part of ensuring that clubs are able to diversify their income. I support clause 13.

Question put:

That clause 13 be agreed to.

The Assembly voted.

Ayes 10: Ms Burch Ms Cheyne Ms Cody Ms Le Couteur Ms Orr Mr Pettersson Mr Ramsay Mr Rattenbury Mr Steel Ms Stephen-Smith

Noes 7: Mr Coe Mrs Dunne Mrs Kikkert Ms Lawder Ms Lee Mr Milligan Mr Parton

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Clause 13 agreed to.

Remainder of bill, by leave, taken as a whole and agreed to.

Bill agreed to.

Gaming Machine (Cash Facilities) Amendment Bill 2017

Debate resumed from 3 August 2017, on motion by Mr Ramsay:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR PARTON (Brindabella) (11.50): The Canberra Liberals will be supporting this bill. Although there has been no formal dialogue between my office and the minister's office regarding this bill, and although I am assuming there will never be any acknowledgement from the minister's office on this front, we feel we have played a role in helping to shape this bill into what it is today. Certainly that is the view in club

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