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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 9 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 3498 ..


liveability of cities, and to bringing down emissions to meet our ambitious objectives on tackling climate change.

Madam Speaker, I look forward to future announcements about how the ACT government is delivering a city-wide integrated public transport network that can move people around our city effectively, while providing a real alternative to the car.

I present the following paper:

Bus services—Punctuality and evening and weekend timetables—Ministerial statement, 23 August 2018.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Reducing gambling harm

Ministerial statement

MR RAMSAY (Ginninderra—Attorney-General, Minister for Regulatory Services, Minister for the Arts and Community Events and Minister for Veterans and Seniors) (10.18): This government is hard at work delivering on its commitment to reform the gambling industry and to support our local clubs. We are helping clubs move away from reliance on gaming machine revenue. We are making sure that gaming machines are used in a way that is responsible and appropriate in the current social landscape. And that means that our gaming machine industry is focused on delivering results for people who enjoy their local clubs and are supported by them, and for the workers whose livelihoods come from those clubs.

We are giving the regulator the teeth to make sure that the rules are followed. And we are making sure that the community contribution scheme serves the people who need help most. Firstly, I am pleased to set out the pathway to reducing the number of gaming machine authorisations in the ACT to 4,000 by May 2020. This commitment is part of the parliamentary agreement, and the government has been hard at work delivering results.

Today I am tabling the club industry diversification support analysis. Mr Neville Stevens AO delivered in this report a transparent, independent set of recommendations to government about how to reduce the number of gaming machine authorisations in the territory. We will be agreeing in part, or in whole, to each of the 18 recommendations directed to government in this report.

This government has been clear that we value the contribution that our clubs make to the life of this city. Our efforts to reduce gambling harm have included, and will continue to include, measures to support our clubs to be sustainable, diverse and


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