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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1802..


Mr Stefaniak: Mr Speaker, at this stage, I give notice that I will be seeking to dissent from your ruling in relation to my amendment No 2.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Stefaniak, I would prefer that you do so now and get the matter out of the way.

Mr Stefaniak: Mr Speaker, that may well be so. Before I do that, I raise your ruling in relation to my amendment No 1. Mr Speaker, I see your point there, but on that point-

MR SPEAKER: Mr Stefaniak, move the dissent motion first.

Mr Stefaniak: I will move the dissent and come back later to the other one, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: You will need the leave of the Assembly to do so.

Dissent from ruling

MR STEFANIAK

(9.28): I seek leave to move dissent from your ruling on my amendment No 2, Mr Speaker.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: I move:

That the Speaker's ruling on Mr Stefaniak's amendment No 2 be dissented from.

Mr Speaker, I listened carefully to what you were saying in relation to this amendment. You will note, sir, that I am not moving dissent from your ruling on my amendment No 1. I think that I should touch on that first.

That amendment seeks to change some parts of section 18 of the principal act, which relates to the conditions for the issuing of licences for gaming machines. That is quite different, but it probably is important in terms of the context of what I am seeking to do in amendment No 2, which seeks to change the categories of machines granted for the various classes of licensees under this act, which the Treasurer is amending in a simple way; that is, to change the position for general licenses and on-licences to enable class B and class C machines to be issued, especially class C machines.

That is important. That is about a different part and a different sub-part of this act. That is what I am seeking to do there. You will note, Mr Speaker, that that section concerns the issuing of licences and the different types of licences that could be issued in relation to gaming machines. That is where I draw your attention and the Assembly's attention to my second amendment, which deals-again, within the act-with the types of licences.

Clubs have access to gaming machines; they have a certain licence. Licensed premises also have access to gaming machines. Currently, some 60 of the gaming machines out there-this is relevant to both Ms Dundas' amendment No 3, which you have allowed, and my amendment No 2, which you have not-are Class B machines and are


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