Page 45 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 27 November 2012

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Madam Deputy Speaker, I thank the Assembly for its indulgence in suspending standing orders to give me the opportunity to introduce this amendment bill. The bill is intended to resolve two very minor issues arising out of debate on the Road Transport (Third-Party Insurance) Amendment Act 2012. The amendment bill is necessary to allow the amending act to come into full force when it commences on 1 January 2013.

The first issue the amendment bill seeks to resolve is an unintended internal inconsistency within the amending act in relation to the time frames for early payment for medical treatment. The second issue that the amendment bill seeks to address is to reinstate a clause that was inadvertently negated during the debate of the amending act which was intended to preserve the existing rights of claimants from operation of the amending act until its date of commencement.

This amendment bill is uncontroversial and simply seeks to ensure that the amending act can come into full force upon its commencement on 1 January 2013. I commend this bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Smyth) adjourned to the next sitting.

Gaming Machine Amendment Bill 2012

Ms Burch, by leave, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Disability, Children and Young People, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Women, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Racing and Gaming) (11.32): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I present the Gaming Machine Amendment Bill 2012, which addresses an error that was introduced during the debate of the Gaming Machine Amendment Act 2012 in the Legislative Assembly on 23 August in 2012.

As reported in Hansard, Mr Smyth intended to increase to 20 the number of gaming machines a licensee might operate before being subject to the proposed automatic teller machine withdrawal limit. However, by referring to an incorrect section, the amendment instead redefined a “small scale relocation amendment” as relating to up to 20 machines rather than 10 machines.

The error in amendment 18 regarding the definition of “small scale relocation amendments” in effect provides that the Gambling and Racing Commission would have discretion to not require a social impact assessment or social impact statement for proposals to move up to 20 machines rather than the 10 as was intended.

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