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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 7 Hansard (30 June) . . Page.. 1916 ..



Mister Speaker, the Government has only rejected or opposed five of the Select Committee's twenty eight recommendations. Thirteen recommendations are accepted or not opposed and ten recommendations are agreed to in part with further examination considered necessary.

The recommendations that have been rejected and the reasons for the rejection are:-

Recommendation 6 regarding mandatory changes in electronic banking practices and Recommendation 25 regarding legislation to reject future technological change. These recommendations are unable to be implemented;

Recommendation 21 regarding the Assembly initiating inquiries to be undertaken by the Commission and Recommendation 22 regarding improved access to information. Structures already exist to achieve these objectives; and

Recommendation 12 regarding the hypothecation of a percentage of gambling revenue to a Community Benefit Fund. Revenue hypothecation is against good financial management principles.

Mister Speaker, I commend the Government's response to the final report of the Select Committee on Gambling and seek all members cooperation to expedite the process to establish the Gambling and Racing Commission.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Paper and Ministerial Statement

MS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Treasurer): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the Administrative Arrangements as contained in Gazette No. S26 of 17 May 1999, and I ask for leave to make a very short statement.

Leave granted.

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, this is an update on the Administrative Arrangement Orders. It was gazetted on 17 May 1999 and came into effect on that day. The arrangements have been revised to reflect the legislative activity of this Assembly during 1998 and the first sitting weeks of 1999. In addition, the Native Title Act has been moved from my portfolio to that of the Attorney-General. Some minor changes have been made to the division of responsibility for the Milk Authority Act to reflect the amendments to the Act made by the Assembly earlier this year.

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