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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 10 Hansard (Friday, 8 October 2021) . . Page.. 2960 ..

Looking to the rest of 2021, a similar approach will be taken as health directions change and a return to the office becomes an option to consider. COVID-19 measures will continue to recognise the health and safety of ACT government workers and the community as the highest priority.

I would like to sincerely thank all public servants, whether they are working from home or on the front line, for the effective response to the pandemic and for their ongoing work to keep our city going during these challenging times. I know that many are working harder than ever, despite the challenges that changed working arrangements have caused. I will ensure that you are all supported, in whatever way is needed, to continue this work.

I present the following paper:

COVID-safe working arrangements for the ACT Public Sector—Ministerial statement, 8 October 2021.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Gambling—harm minimisation measures

Ministerial statement

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Attorney-General, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Minister for Gaming and Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction) (10.16): In December last year I made a commitment to this Assembly that I would report on the progress of the government’s gaming reform agenda by October this year. Today I would like to take the opportunity to present on the progress of the gaming commitments set out in the Parliamentary and Governing Agreement for the Tenth Legislative Assembly and on the government’s achievements so far in reducing harm from gaming while supporting sustainable clubs.

This government is committed to working collaboratively with community clubs to ensure that clubs continue to play a valuable role in our community. As the Minister for Gaming, I am determined to see clubs continue to flourish in our city. Clubs provide our community with a place for like-minded Canberrans to meet, celebrate and share cultural, ethnic, sporting and creative interests.

I am, however, aware of the challenges that ACT community clubs face, particularly in relation to the significant reliance that many clubs still have on gaming revenue and, in turn, the associated harms that gaming has on our community. It is for these reasons that this government has, in no uncertain terms, committed to the 10 gaming reforms in the parliamentary agreement to support sustainable clubs and minimise the harm caused by gaming in our community.

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