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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 8 Hansard (24 August) . . Page.. 2265 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

Mr Speaker, as required under section 13 of the Financial Management Act 1996, I also table a supplementary budget paper which provides details of the variations proposed for the two affected departments - that is, the Department of Health and Community Care and the Chief Minister's Department. The supplementary paper also includes a full set of revised financial statements for each of the three agencies affected, including the Canberra Tourism and Events Corporation.

I commend the Bill to the Assembly and indicate that it would be the Government's desire to bring the Bill on for debate at the end of next week in order to be able to confirm the commitment to both of those projects in the space of the next few months.

MR QUINLAN (10.42): Mr Speaker, I would like to give notice that we will be moving to refer this Bill to a select committee on estimates, albeit a fast-track process. At that time we would expect the committee to receive a little bit more comprehensive business plan for the proposed V8 race than we have received to date. The haste in this decision is, of course, not the making of this Assembly. We would be prepared to make every effort to permit the Government to make its decisions. Quite obviously, that estimates committee would be seeking a little bit more information on the costing of the hospice change.

Debate (on motion by Mr Corbell ) adjourned.




Debate resumed from 1 July 1999, on motion by Ms Carnell:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MR SPEAKER: Is it the wish of the Assembly to debate this order of the day concurrently with the Gambling and Racing Control (Consequential Provisions) Bill 1999? There being no objection, that course will be followed. I remind members that in debating order of the day No. 1 they may also address their remarks to order of the day No. 2.

MS TUCKER (10.44): This debate on the Government's Gaming and Racing Control Bill is essentially about how we regulate the gambling and racing industries in the ACT. The release last month of the Productivity Commission's draft report on Australia's gambling industry generated an enormous response from the Federal Government and from all sectors of the Australian community. It basically redefined the debate on gambling in this country.

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