Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 1 Hansard (16 February) . . Page.. 190..
MR QUINLAN (continuing):
This bill establishes an appropriate legislative platform under which motor sports and dedicated motor sport facilities can be managed. The bill introduces a licensing system for motor sport racing in the ACT. It creates the necessary decision structure surrounding motor sport licensing and it provides for compliance and regulation.
Presently no relevant legislation exists in the ACT. It is legislation that perhaps missed the boat at the time of self-government. This legislation is needed to fill a gap and to bring the ACT into step with other jurisdictions. This bill is based on existing New South Wales legislation that has operated satisfactorily for 20 years. The bill recognises the lack of existing regulation with respect to motor sport in the ACT.
The government has chosen to adopt a system that has worked well for some time. We have consulted with the relevant national and international motor sport bodies that regulate motor sports throughout the world and they have overwhelmingly endorsed our approach with respect to this bill.
Dedicated motor sport facilities present a varied array of regulatory issues. These issues are more complex than, say, events at Exhibition Park in Canberra. Events held at dedicated motor sport facilities need to be regulated, not only to address the essential requirements of public safety, but also to deal with some unique issues. For instance, motor sport events are usually part of a national or international competition framework. They are usually accredited with a governing motor sport organisation and that accreditation requires adherence to national or international standards. Event sponsorship and television coverage may hinge on compliance with these standards. Licensing, insurance, risk and liability management are likewise linked to the standards, directly or indirectly.
Local legislation applying to dedicated motor sports facilities is highly desirable as a means of implementing these standards and regulating activities at these facilities so that they also meet local requirements, particularly in the case of licensing, but also, very importantly, insurance, risk and liability management, environmental protection and vehicle and crowd safety. The legislative scheme envisaged by the Motor Sport (Public Safety) Bill 2006 will achieve these outcomes. I commend the bill to the Assembly.
Debate (on motion by Mr Stefaniak ) adjourned to the next sitting.
Racing (Jockeys Accident Insurance) Amendment Bill 2006
Mr Quinlan , pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.
Title read by Clerk.
MR QUINLAN (Molonglo-Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Business, Minister for Tourism, Minister for Sport and Recreation, and Minister for Racing and Gaming) (10.43): I move:
That this bill be agreed to in principle.