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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 2 Hansard (21 February) . . Page.. 461 ..

MS TUCKER (continuing):

Subclause (d) waives the limit if you have an approved credit limit of $25,000 or greater. The problem with this is partly the way credit is approved, which, as I said, needs a fair bit of work. Secondly, a person with a credit limit over $25,000 could well get into trouble.

Clause 6.7.4 adds a very strange caveat: the person gambling must confirm in writing that they are willing to gamble without these protections in place. I do not see how that is going to be very useful in terms of protection of the gambler.

Clause 6.10.4 concerns the risk warnings in the media. Electronic media warnings do not have to talk about high risk to capital or betting with money you can afford to use, as other media do. This may be because there are higher costs associated with electronic media advertising-I am not sure-but I do not think that is a sound reason for it, given the effect of the warnings and the importance of warnings.

The issue of whether or not bookmakers and other gambling agents may ever provide credit is a discussion for another day. The opportunity should not be too far away for bookmakers, as the Gambling and Racing Commission expects to review this act later this year. I understand that the timing of the review has been put back a little from their original work plan, but I am sure that the commission will undertake it as soon as possible. Meanwhile, I look forward to discussing these issues over the next week with members here to find a better way to regulate credit in the meantime.

Debate (on motion by Mr Quinlan ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Planning and Environment-Standing Committee

Report No 1

Debate resumed from 19 February 2002, on motion by Mrs Dunne:

That the report be noted.

Debate (on motion by Mr Corbell ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Administration and Procedure-Standing Committee

Report No 1

MR SPEAKER: I present the following report:

Administration and Procedure-Standing Committee-Report No 1-Inquiry into Legislative Assembly (Broadcasting Act) 2001-Conditions of broadcasting proceedings and delegation of power to withdraw right to broadcast, dated February 2002, together with a copy of extracts from the relevant minutes of proceedings.

MR HARGREAVES (11.06): I move:

That the report be noted.

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