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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 16 November 2006) . . Page.. 3606 ..

consumption audits have been carried out to identify areas of further energy savings, maintenance cost savings, higher efficiencies and reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

The CIT also offers courses that teach students about emerging sustainable technologies in areas such as engineering, automotive, construction and plumbing. Plumbers at the CIT learn about rainwater tanks and grey water systems. Electricians undertake study in solar energy, and particularly gain skills in setting up the systems that allow solar power to be returned to the grid.

The CIT are educating the workers of the future and they will be readily able to install those systems that will lead to our society overall being more ecologically sustainable. The CIT’s approach to environmental and ecological sustainability is a responsible one and they should be congratulated.

Mr Stanhope: Mr Speaker, I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Gaming Machine Act 2004

Paper and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts) (3.35): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Gaming Machine Act, pursuant to section 168—community contributions made by gaming machine licensees—ninth report by the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission—1 July 2005 to 30 June 2006, dated 13 October 2006.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: I present the report on the community contributions made by gaming machine licensees in the period 1 July 2005 to 30 June 2006. The report is a requirement of the Gaming Machine Act 2004 and is made by the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission. The act requires club licensees to make a minimum contribution level of seven per cent of their net gaming machine revenue in respect of a financial year and to report to the commission on those contributions by 31 July.

While there is no similar minimum level requirement for hotel and tavern gaming machine licensees, they also must report to the commission by 31 July on any contributions made, or to submit a nil report. In addition, it is a requirement of the act that licensees that contributed to registered parties and associated entities must report details of those contributions.

The legislation outlines broad purposes that a contribution must meet to be approved by the commission as a community contribution. It also identifies some types of contributions that are excluded from being a community contribution—for example, expenditure intended to promote the licensee’s activities or the cost of borrowing funds to acquire an asset.

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