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is appropriate by today’s standards. Overall, the changes are designed to promote access to the right to an effective remedy and to promote the human rights of survivors of abuse.
I would like to again acknowledge the considerable input and knowledge that survivors and advocates have contributed to the development of these amendments. I thank you for sharing your stories and for advocating for change. These individuals place great trust in us by sharing their profoundly personal experiences, as well as their extensive, valuable knowledge.
I thank each of you for your contribution, as well as your strength and commitment to ensuring that this reform will be of benefit to many child abuse survivors. This reform does belong to you, as does the good that it will bring. It is our responsibility, as a government, to ensure that survivors can access the compensation that they deserve and to meet the courage, resilience and determination of survivors and their advocates with a law reform that allows this to happen. I appreciate the support across the chamber today, mindful of the nature of the reform that we are proposing.
In addition to this important reform that I have just spoken about, the bill amends the Land Titles Act 1925, the Agents Act 2003 and the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 to correct technical errors and ensure the proper functioning of our laws. The bill amends the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020 to improve the efficiency of reporting to the Assembly on COVID-19 measures. The amendments remove the reporting and tabling requirements where a COVID-19 measure has been legislated to operate on an ongoing basis or where a measure has been repealed.
The bill amends the Gaming Machine Act 2004 to provide an additional year, from 30 November 2022 to 30 November 2023, for a report to be presented to the Legislative Assembly on the operation of the gaming machine tax rebate provisions. As I think is well understood, due to COVID-19 and subsequent lockdowns many clubs were closed during those periods and did not pay standard rates of tax. This created difficulties for a proper assessment to be undertaken on gaming machine tax by November this year.
The amendment supports a more objective and informative report to be prepared and presented on the gaming machine tax rebate by extending the tabling requirement to 30 November 2023. This will enable that evaluation to take into account what might be considered more business as usual data, more representative data across the period being examined.
The bill makes important changes to ensure the proper administration of our justice system, and on that basis I commend it to the Assembly.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Bill agreed to in principle.
Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.
Bill agreed to.