Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 2 Hansard (20 May) . . Page.. 430 ..
MR SMYTH (continuing):
I will finish by saying that I think there are several points here. It is great to see that all members of this place are concerned about the effects of gambling on our society. That we look at that is a fair and reasonable thing to do. I note Mr Kaine's caveat; that he assumes that this cap will allow for only new clubs to get their poker machines. I hope that is correct. I think we need to wait just two weeks to see what the Allen Consulting Group has to say. We could do this in a far more reasonable and considered manner than the hasty way in which it has been launched this afternoon.
Motion (by Mr Moore) put:
That the debate be adjourned.
The Assembly voted -
AYES, 7 NOES, 9 Ms Carnell Mr Berry Mr Cornwell Mr Corbell Mr Hird Mr Hargreaves Mr Humphries Mr Kaine Mr Moore Mr Quinlan Mr Smyth Mr Rugendyke Mr Stefaniak Mr Stanhope Ms Tucker Mr WoodQuestion so resolved in the negative.
MR MOORE (Minister for Health and Community Care) (4.52): Mr Speaker, the amendment moved by Mr Quinlan to this motion is very sensible indeed. The notion of moving to a consultant capacity rather than a consultant makes good sense to me.
Amendment (Mr Quinlan's) agreed to.
MS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Treasurer) (4.53), by leave: I move the amendments circulated in my name, which read as follows:
(1) Paragraph (1)(c), omit all words after "resources".
(2) Paragraph (2), omit all words after "ACT", substitute "The level of the cap to be recommended to the Assembly after consultation with interested parties.".
The Government has no problems with necessary staff, facilities and resources. As for consultancy advice, that is certainly better than what is there at the moment. I suppose the Assembly could perceive that consultancy advice was the consultancy that we have already done. I certainly hope, Mr Speaker, that we are not talking about getting