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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 13 Hansard (Tuesday, 25 November 2014) . . Page.. 3959 ..

to disclose protected information to a court. Its focus is not admissibility of evidence, as alluded to by the committee, but the compellability of a witness to disclose protected information available to the court.

In summary, the reforms made by this bill to CIT governance arrangements are an important continuation of the ongoing improvements being made to CIT that commenced with the implementation of a governance strengthening plan in 2011. These governance reforms also indicate the achievement of a key milestone of the ACT’s implementation plan under the skills reform national partnership.

The changes made by this bill will create a more agile CIT with a greater commercial focus while retaining its public provider responsibilities. The current and future needs of the ACT economy will be even better served by a CIT better placed to deliver the quality vocational education and training needed by the ACT to provide a highly skilled workforce.

In closing, I would like to put on record my thanks to the CIT Advisory Council and the CIT executive and also the officials for the collaborative work they did in drafting the legislation. I also want to put on record my regard for Adrian Marron, the chief executive of CIT at the moment. He has been very much at the forefront of these changes that will position CIT for the future. His steerage of CIT over the last few years has been commendable, and I have the highest regard for his efforts to date.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Gaming Machine (Red Tape Reduction) Amendment Bill 2014

Debate resumed from 30 October 2014, on motion by Ms Burch:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (11.48): The opposition will be supporting this bill, although I am not sure the bill lives up to its title of Gaming Machine (Red Tape Reduction) Amendment Bill.

Let us look at one of the facets of the bill. One of the facets will be the removal of the requirement to maintain machine access registers and replace them with computer cabinet access registers. The government is saying, “We are getting rid of one register, but we are putting in place a new register.” In talking to some of the clubs, they are saying that they will probably keep the existing machine access register, because that details who has gone to the machine, who has opened the machine and who has had access to the cash box. Rather than reducing red tape, it might change compliance techniques to keep the government happy but the clubs will in many cases keep their machine access register for their own internal audit processes.

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