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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 12 Hansard (25 November) . . Page.. 3733 ..

MR SMYTH (continuing):

I am pleased to advise that work is already proceeding in relation to this recommendation. Earlier this year, my department completed a review of the ACT Government's heritage functions. Coming out of that process was a recommendation that the heritage provisions in the Land Act should be reviewed. That work will commence early in 2000 and will include a review of the processes relating to the registration of heritage places. I now table variation No. 102 to the Territory Plan for the Heritage Places Register.


MR KAINE (4.02): Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker, I seek leave to present the Casino Control (Amendment) Bill 1999 and its explanatory memorandum.

Leave granted.

MR KAINE: I present the Casino Control Amendment Bill (No.2), together with its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk.

MR KAINE: I move:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

This Bill will amend section 76 of the Casino Control Act by deleting the existing provision and replacing it with one which would enable the casino licensee to install, operate and control up to 200 gaming machines. Section 76 is further amended by the insertion of a provision which states that the limit of 200 gaming machines shall apply for a fixed period of 10 years from the date of commencement of the amending Act. The effect of this legislation will be to enable Casino Canberra to operate poker machines limited to a maximum number of 200 and capped at that figure for 10 years. You will also note the provision for a new part 7A dealing with the control of gaming machines in the casino.

That part of the Act is pretty much a replica of the controlled provisions in the Casino Control Act that relate to clubs and other venues. The background to this legislation is this: Members will recall that in March of this year the Select Committee on Gambling presented to the Assembly its report on the social and economic impact of gambling in the ACT. The Government presented to the Assembly its response to that report on 30 June 1999, and on 26 August 1999 the Assembly passed the Gambling and Racing Control Act 1999. The report of the select committee contained a number of recommendations relevant to this Bill.

They fall into two categories: The first category of recommendations sought to restrict the number of gaming machines by the retention of the cap of 5,200 on the number of gaming machines licensed under the Gaming Machine Act; and that access to machines not be extended beyond licensed clubs. The second category of recommendation - and

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