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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 12 Hansard (1 November) . . Page.. 4622 ..


amount. Legislation will be brought forward for this in the first half of 2019 and the fund will commence on 1 July 2019.

Additionally, new training will be developed for staff at clubs for implementation after 1 July 2019. New training will be mandated for club directors for implementation after 1 July 2019, and the 50 per cent gaming machine tax rebate for small or medium clubs or club groups will be reviewed in November 2019.

Further harm minimisation support measures will be developed. Updates to the gambling code of practice to support identifying signs of gambling harm and responding, including through self-exclusion, will be delivered before the end of 2019. These changes will reflect the discussions had at the harm minimisation round tables I have had over the past 12 months.

This bill also provides some certainty to the clubs sector on gaming machine policy. It commits the government to review the trading scheme on gaming machines by May 2025. The five-year review period will allow time for the government to evaluate the impact of the reduction in gaming machine authorisations and the operation of the trading scheme. It will also give regulatory certainty so that clubs can plan for diversification and deliver new business models.

The government is delivering on its promises. We committed to bringing forward strong gambling harm prevention measures. We also committed to maximising community benefits from our gaming machine industry. Following from our gaming machine tax rebate and grants program, this bill is yet another demonstration of our commitment to support our clubs to be sustainable, diverse and community focused.

We will continue to work with clubs, club workers and the community to achieve stronger harm minimisation, greater community benefits and to support our local clubs. I commend the Bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Parton) adjourned to the next sitting.

Standing orders—suspension

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Advanced Technology and Space Industries) (11.00): I move:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Assembly business, notice No 3, being the referral of changes to the lobbyists register to the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure, being called on and debated forthwith.

The government is seeking the suspension of standing orders to refer an important matter to the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure. I understand that the substantive motion has been discussed within that committee and arose from a


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