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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 6 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2707..

MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

However, it is an industry that is changing and that has its own pressures. Seven per cent is quite a fair amount for clubs to pay. It is not dissimilar to the way rates work out interstate. It is obviously manageable. We have arrived at that figure after several years. The clubs have been gearing up for it. It does appear to work well. While I have some sympathy with what Ms Dundas is trying to do, what we have arrived at is sensible, works well and is not an unreasonable impost.

MS TUCKER (8.55): I will be supporting this proposal by Ms Dundas. For Mr Stefaniak's benefit, the act says that:

(3) The Minister may, in writing, determine a lower required community contribution for a club if satisfied, on application by the club, that-

(a) the gross revenue of the club for a financial year is, or is likely to be, less than $200 000; and

(b) if the required percentage for the club...

and so on. There is, therefore, a capacity to take into account the individual situations of the clubs. Once again, we just see Labor and Liberal not being prepared, in this case, to look at increasing the community contribution in a fair way.

Amendment negatived.

MR QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, and Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming) (8.57): I move amendment 4A circulated in my name on the yellow sheet [see schedule 9 at page 2766].

This amendment is not material to the bill but simply clarifies it.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 168, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 169 agreed to.

Clause 170 agreed to.

Clause 171 agreed to.

Clauses 172 to 179, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Clause 180 agreed to.

Clauses 181 to 188, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Schedules 1 and 2, by leave, taken together and agreed to.


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