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will then be imposed under the Liquor Tax Bill I have just presented to the Assembly. The consequential provisions Bill will amend the Taxation (Administration) Act to incorporate the new liquor tax legislation as a tax law, with the two Acts to be read as one.

This will enhance the anti-avoidance provisions of the liquor tax collection scheme and facilitate the introduction of self-assessment. Further, the collection of liquor tax will be aligned more closely with that of other ACT taxes and duties, including tobacco and petroleum licence fees, thereby increasing the equity of the ACT tax system. The Bill will also provide transitional arrangements to bring existing licensees under the new liquor tax regime.

Debate (on motion by Mr Duby) adjourned.


MS FOLLETT (Chief Minister and Treasurer) (12.15): I present the Casino Control (Amendment) Bill 1991. I move:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

Before I outline the provisions of the Bill, Mr Speaker, I wish to advise the Assembly of the results of the casino selection process. Consistent with my undertaking to the Estimates Committee earlier this year, I present an estimate of ACT Government expenditure on the selection process since May 1991, the date on which the current process commenced.

As members are aware, my Government has continued a process commenced by the former Government to identify a consortium to construct and operate a casino in the Territory. This process has involved thorough and complete examination of all proposals put forward by consortia, and the Government is now in a position to announce a successful tenderer.

In reaching its decision, the Government has received advice from the interdepartmental committee oversighting the project which, in turn, has been advised by independent finance and design panels. In addition, the Casino Surveillance Authority has advised that, in accordance with the provisions of the Casino Control Act, the successful tenderer satisfies the suitability requirements of a developer and operator of a casino. The authority will continue to oversight all contractual and operating aspects associated with the casino in accordance with the provisions of the Casino Control Act 1988.

Having considered all of the advice available to the Government, it gives me great pleasure to announce Casinos Austria as the successful tenderer for the ACT casino. Mr Speaker, Casinos Austria International is a very

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