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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 28 October 2010) . . Page.. 5325 ..


on the same grounds that we did not support Mrs Dunne’s previous amendment. I think Mrs Dunne has misunderstood what I said during the debate on the primary bill, but I will not re-agitate those arguments now because clearly we are not in agreement.

I would simply make the point that, in determining the suitability of premises for a liquor licence or permit, it is essential that the commissioner be aware of any circumstances where the licensed premises have been the subject of criminal conviction or occupational discipline by the ACAT.

Once again, it is immaterial who was convicted or disciplined. What matters is that the commissioner is aware of the history of the premises so that proper consideration can be given to the suitability of the premises to supply liquor. Mrs Dunne’s amendment means that is not going to be a power or consideration available to the commissioner and that is going to make the regulation of the industry just that little bit more difficult as a result.

Proposed new amendment 1.23B agreed to.

Amendment 1.24.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (4.23): I move amendment No 2 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 5349].

This amendment makes clear that the commissioner is not required to consider suitability information about the premises when the licence is being transferred to someone else to facilitate commercial expediency. The commissioner needs to consider suitability information when issuing, amending or renewing a licence or permit to ensure that only suitable premises are approved for a licence or permit.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment 1.24, as amended, agreed to.

Amendments 1.25 and 1.26, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Proposed new amendment 1.26A.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (4.25): I move amendment No 3, which inserts a new amendment 1.26A circulated in my name [see schedule 2 at page 5351].

The bill presented by the government excuses licensees from having to make their risk assessment management plans or RAMPs available for public inspection. However, part of the process involves supplying the RAMP to the commissioner. There is a risk, albeit a minimal one, that a loophole might be available to the public affording them access to the RAMP through the commissioner.

Thus I am introducing an amendment to prevent public access to a RAMP through the commissioner but allowing the commissioner to supply it to the relevant licensee or


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