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One of the inconsistencies that now exists is that the government had originally put in 28 calendar days for the period for which people could accept early payments. The Greens had moved an amendment to make it 30 working days. Apparently, both numbers still exist in the bill; so that inconsistency needs to be addressed. There are also some issues over the guidelines which give power over the payment of these early payments for people so that they can access health care.

I have consulted with the groups affected as best I could in the short time available. I have spoken to the Law Society and to the NRMA. I was not able to speak with a couple of others that I think probably would approve. But on the briefing that I have had, and I thank the Treasurer for arranging that, it seems reasonable to proceed with these amendments today.

There is another provision, which is perhaps one of the more important ones. The transition provisions allow the cases that were in existence previously to these amendments to continue under the old scheme as the transition provision was accidentally amended out of the bill as well; so that is re-inserted in this case. That said, the opposition is happy to support the bill today.

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (11.37): The Greens will be supporting this bill. We believe that it provides a number of small technical amendments to correct errors that were made in the debate in the previous term. On that basis, it is a very simple and straightforward bill.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Sport and Recreation, Minister for Tourism and Events and Minister for Community Services) (11.37): I thank the opposition and Mr Rattenbury for their support of the bill. I do note that the reason we are having to do this is that there were some amendments made up in a hurry during the debate at the time. If we are looking for an illustration of why taking some time around amendments is often a good thing, this is a very good example of that.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Gaming Machine Amendment Bill 2012

Debate resumed from 27 November 2012, on motion by Ms Burch:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (11.38): The Canberra Liberals will be supporting this bill today. Apparently it may well have been my fault in the drafting of some of the

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