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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 11 Hansard (22 October) . . Page.. 3953 ..

Ayes 6

Noes 9

Mrs Burke

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Berry

Mr Quinlan

Mr Cornwell

Mr Corbell

Mr Stanhope

Mrs Cross

Ms Dundas

Ms Tucker

Mrs Dunne

Ms Gallagher

Mr Wood

Mr Pratt

Ms MacDonald

Question so resolved in the negative.

Amendment negatived.

Mr Wood's amendment agreed to.

Motion, as amended agreed to.

Employment conditions for casual workers

Pursuant to standing order 128, Mr Hargreaves fixed a future day for the moving of his motion.

Gaming machines in the ACT

MS DUNDAS (5.04): I move:

That this Assembly calls on the government to empower the Gaming and Racing Commission to reduce the current number of gaming machines in the ACT to 3000, in line with the national per capita average, during the financial year 2003-2004.

I have brought up numerous times the issue of the number of poker machines in the ACT, but I believe that discussing it again today is timely, as the government may be tabling its response to the review of the Gaming Machine Act, which was produced by the Gambling and Racing Commission last year.

I want to clarify the intention of the motion to the Assembly, as there has been some confusion over the timeframe that is involved.

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! There is far too much audible conversation.

MS DUNDAS: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. Timeframe is important in relation to this motion. The motion calls for the commission to be empowered to begin reducing poker machine numbers by the end of the financial year. It may take considerably more time to achieve the reduction in poker machines numbers, and I understand that there will be a process involved, depending on the duration of new licences and the ability of the commission to determine a suitably staged and predictable reduction in different venues.

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