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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 5 Hansard (14 May) . . Page.. 2110..

The amendments also remove a special provision in relation to minor theft. This provision is no longer considered necessary.

Ombudsman Act 1989

This amendment will restrict the Ombudsman from investigating actions taken by a quasi-judicial body when performing a deliberative function. There are already adequate protection measures for individuals in place under the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1989.

Security Industry Act 2003

The Security Industry Act 2003 regulates the ACT security industry. The Security Industry Regulations 2003 include a requirement that applicants for a master licence (except locksmiths) must be members of an industry association approved by the Commissioner for Fair Trading. The amendment duplicates this regulation into the Act to remove any doubt of the requirements.

The Bill also provides that the Commissioner for Fair Trading may exempt people from the requirements to associate. The Commissioner does not need to require membership of an approved industry association where there is a religious or conscientious objection to associating.

Also, section 21 of the Act has been amended to ensure that when deciding on licence applications, the Commissioner for Fair Trading is only required to consider competency standards if standards are prescribed.

Trade Measurement Act 1991

The Utilities (Consequential Provisions) Act 2000 repealed subsection 6(2)(a) of the Trade Measurement Act 1991. The effect of the repeal is that the Trade Measurement Act 1991 applied to electricity, gas and water meters. This was intended to ensure that there were appropriate consumer protection mechanisms in place. However those consumer protection measures are no longer necessary due to National codes that now provide consumer protection. Therefore subsection 6(2)(a) has been reinserted into the Trade Measurement Act 1991.

Mr Speaker, I commend the Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2004 to the Assembly.

Attachment 4

Document incorporated by the Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism and Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming

Mr Speaker, on 23 October 2003, the Government presented its response to the Gambling and Racing Commission's review of the Gaming Machine Act 1987 (the Gaming Machine Act).

The Gaming Machine Bill 2004 (the Bill) that I am presenting today replaces the Gaming Machine Act to incorporate the Government's response to the Commission's recommendations. Additionally, the opportunity has been taken to fully revamp the legislation to provide other drafting and minor amendments of a non-technical nature to ensure that the ACT's gaming machine legislation is up to date and relevant.

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