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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 3 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 4032..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

relationship between Parliament, Government and the Judiciary, so that all three are working together to ensure that a culture of respect for human rights becomes embedded across the whole of our society.

This is a significant but measured step forward, one of which we can all be extremely proud. I commend the report and the government's response to the Assembly. Mr Speaker, I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the papers.

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

Paper

Mr Quinlan

presented the following paper:

2002-03 Capital Works Program-Progress Report-June quarter.

Gambling and Racing Commission-community contributions

Paper and statement by minister

MR QUINLAN

(Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, and Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the following paper:

ACT Gambling and Racing Commission-Report-Community Contribution-2002-2003, dated 16 September 2003.

I seek leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR QUINLAN

: Mr Speaker, I have presented the sixth report on community contributions made by gaming machine licensees. This report is for the period 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2003. Amendments to the Gaming Machine Act 1987 which were effected from 1 June 2001 introduced a requirement that club licensees make a minimum level of contribution of 5 per cent of net gaming machine revenue in respect of 2000-01 and 6 per cent for 2001-02, increasing to 7 per cent for 2002-03. In addition, club licensees must contribute an amount equal to the total provided to registered political parties, associated entities and members of the Legislative Assembly and candidates.

The legislation outlines broad issues that the community contributions must meet to be eligible and identifies some types of contribution that are not eligible. Guidelines have been issued to assist licensees to comply with the legislation. A further amendment to the act which commenced on 14 June 2002 introduced an incentive for clubs to consider contributing to women's sport. Applicable from the 2001-02 reporting period, for every $3 contributed the club's contribution will be calculated as $4.

The commission's report provides information on three main aspects of contribution-legislative compliance by licensees, the extent of community contribution as a share of


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