Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (17 June) . . Page.. 1960 ..
ACT. The commissioner's research program, I understand, includes doing the more detailed work indicated by the survey, particularly looking at the circumstances of particular cultural ethnic groups within our population, to inform a targeted approach to education and other harm reduction measures, which will be much more effective when crafted that way. The ACT Gambling and Racing Commission has completed its review of the Gaming Machine Act 1987. The government is currently considering the report and I understand will aim to present a reply to the Assembly in August.
From discussions with the commission, I understand that among the difficult issues being worked through from this review are ways to determine some kind of boundary for enormous clubs, where the original community purpose association of the club may have become somewhat obscured by the size of the business end of the licensed club's operations, and exploring ways to perhaps limit the business activities.
These are difficult issues, and we want to work with considered and well-crafted legislation. But we are reaching the point at which I think it's time to face up to the issue and put the legislation in place before the next election. For that reason, I'll be moving the amendment to extend the cap for one year only, and not for two.
MR QUINLAN(Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism and Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming) (5.55), in reply: I'm happy for the bill to be agreed to in principle.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Bill agreed to in principle.
Detail stageClauses 1 to 3, by leave, taken together and agreed to.
MS TUCKER(5.56): I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name, which I've already spoken to [see schedule 1, at page 1976].
Amendment agreed to.
Clause 4, as amended, agreed to.
Proposed new clause 5.
MS DUNDAS(5.57): Mr Deputy Speaker, I move amendment No 3 circulated in my name, which inserts a new clause 5 [see schedule 2, at page 1976]. It has actually been revised. The revised copy that was circulated had an error in it so there is a revised revised copy being circulated now.
MR SPEAKER: I understand that it's being circulated now.