Page 2623 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 28 June 2011

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monitor the impact of these changes over time and will review the operation of the changes made by this bill in two years time.

I would also like to foreshadow that the government will be moving three minor amendments to the bill in the detail stage. These are in response to comments from the scrutiny of bills committee and are intended to ensure that the bill is taken to have commenced on 1 July 2011. I again thank members for their broad support of this legislation, and I commend the bill and the government’s forthcoming amendments to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Clause 1 agreed to.

Clause 2.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation) (11.42), by leave: Pursuant to standing order 182A(b) I seek leave to move three amendments that are minor and technical in nature.

Leave granted.

MR BARR: I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name and table a supplementary explanatory statement to the government’s amendments [see schedule 1 at page 2764].

Amendment No 1 addresses the comments by the scrutiny of bills committee. In its report on the bill, the committee sought clarification as to why the powers conferred on the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission under section 147C of the act—clause 18 of the bill—did not have the same qualifying condition relating to reasonable grounds as was conferred under section 148B of the act—clause 21 of this bill.

Whilst I am advised there are sufficient requirements in place to ensure that the commission makes reasonable administrative decisions, this amendment, and the one that follows, makes this requirement explicit and puts the matter beyond doubt. Although the scrutiny of bills committee only raised the matter in relation to the proposed new section 147C, the government considered that, if section 147C were to be amended, then, for consistency, section 147B should also be amended.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 2, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 3 to 8, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

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