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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 11 Hansard (20 October) . . Page.. 3378..


Grassy Woodlands

MR SMYTH: For the information of Ms Tucker, I believed it was 32 per cent. Originally we had 32,000 hectares of yellow box and red gum in the ACT. There are approximately 8,000 remaining. So, clearly, it is not 32 per cent but in fact 25 per cent of the yellow box and red gum woodland community still in existence in the ACT.

PUBLIC SECTOR MANAGEMENT ACT - EXECUTIVE CONTRACTS

Papers and Ministerial Statement

MS CARNELL (Chief Minister): Mr Speaker, I present, for the information of members and pursuant to sections 31A and 79 of the Public Sector Management Act 1994, copies of short-term contracts made with David Ellwood and Desmond McKee and schedule D variations made with Irene McKinnon, Allan Schmidt, Hugo Harmstorf. Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to make a short statement with regard to these contracts.

Leave granted.

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, the short statement is as it is always. Could members please take the information that is provided in these contracts in the appropriate confidential manner as the Assembly always has?

GAMING MACHINE ACT - COMMISSIONER FOR A.C.T. REVENUE SECOND REPORT

Paper

MR HUMPHRIES (Treasurer, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Community Safety) (3.29): Mr Speaker, for the information of members and pursuant to section 54D of the Gaming Machine Act 1987, I present the second report by the Commissioner for ACT Revenue concerning the contributions made by gaming machine licensees to charitable or community organisations for the period 1 July 1998 to 30 June 1999. I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Mr Speaker, I have just presented the second report that the ACT Revenue Commissioner has made on the contributions by gaming machine licensees to charitable or community organisations. The report is for the financial year ending the middle of this year. Members will recall that the Government amended the Gaming Machine Act two years ago because of its concern that, despite having a monopoly on modern gaming machines, many clubs were not contributing a fair share of their gaming revenue to the wider community, specifically the charities, the poor and the needy in our community.

The commissioner's report provides information on three main aspects - reporting compliance by licensees, details of contributions declared by licensees, and the extent of community contributions as a share of gaming revenue. Mr Speaker, the report is similar


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