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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 4 Hansard (10 April) . .

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process, but any support must come with a clear commitment to move away from gaming revenue.

We do not support a simple payout to clubs in exchange for forfeiting their gaming machine licences; the Greens want to see a clear benefit to the community and a commitment to harm minimisation as part of the transition process. From my conversations with a number of different clubs I believe that they share this commitment. Many clubs have already started looking at alternative business models and areas of investment to ensure that they are sustainable into the future and to continue to provide the valuable services they provide to their members and to the broader community.

I certainly encourage all clubs and community organisations with an interest in this issue to engage constructively in the process, and I look forward to seeing the findings of Mr Stevens's report which will, I hope, map out a clear path to the benchmark of 4,000 machines, help to limit gambling harm in our community, and provide a clear pathway for our clubs to remain a vibrant part of our community into the future.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Disability recommendations

Ministerial statement

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Community Services and Social Inclusion, Minister for Disability, Children and Youth, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations) (10.54): Thank you to the Assembly for the opportunity to provide the Assembly with a response to the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety's Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2015-2016, recommendations 11 and 12.

I thank the committee for its consideration of these issues and its understanding in the deferment in reporting to the Assembly. The deferment was to enable consideration of reports instrumental in addressing the recommendations but which were not finalised prior to the previously agreed reporting date.

As the first jurisdiction to fully implement the national disability insurance scheme, the ACT continues to grow productive, sustainable and meaningful relationships with the disability sector whilst, most importantly, ensuring positive outcomes for people with disability living in the ACT.

As members will be aware, during implementation of the NDIS in the ACT there have been many achievements. We now have 6,459 people in the ACT who have had a plan since the scheme commenced in 2014. There are 762 people with psychosocial disability in the scheme who have a plan compared with the estimated 350 who were receiving disability-type services before the scheme commenced. There are now 1,071 registered service providers in the ACT providing a range of services from therapy to cleaning.


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