Page 3264 - Week 11 - Tuesday, 13 November 2007

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MR STANHOPE: As required by the Financial Management Act, I table a copy of the authorisation in relation to the Treasurer’s advance to the Chief Minister’s Department. Section 18 of the act allows the Treasurer to authorise expenditure from the Treasurer’s Advance. Section 18A of the act requires that, within three sitting days after the date the authorisation is given, the Treasurer present to the Legislative Assembly a copy of the authorisation and a statement of reasons for giving it and a summary of the total expenditure authorised under section 18 for the financial year.

Under this instrument $50,000 was provided to the Chief Minister’s Department to make a donation towards the recovery efforts for the Greek fires earlier this year. I commend the paper to the Assembly.

Gaming and Racing Commission

Paper and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, Minister for the Arts): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Gaming Machine Act, pursuant to section 168—Community contributions made by gaming machine licensees—Tenth report by the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission—1 July 2006 to 30 June 2007, dated 15 October 2007.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: I present the report on the community contributions made by gaming machine licensees in the period 1 July 2006 to 30 June 2007. The report is a requirement of the Gaming Machine Act 2004 and is made by the Gambling and Racing Commission.

The act requires club licensees to make a minimum contribution levy of seven per cent of their net gaming machine revenue in respect of the financial year and to report to the commission on those contributions by 31 July. While there is no similar minimum level requirement for hotel and tavern gaming machine licensees, they also must submit a report to the commission by 31 July regardless of whether or not they made any contributions to the community. In addition, it is a requirement of the act that licensees who make contributions to registered parties and associated entities must report details of those contributions.

The legislation outlines broad purposes that the contribution must meet to be approved by the commission as a community contribution. It also identifies some types of contributions that are excluded from being a community contribution—for example, expenditure in relation to gambling or a contribution made to another licensee under a reciprocal arrangement. Guidelines in the gaming machine

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