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publication of the information to determine where the greater public interest lies and if, indeed, it is, on balance, contrary to the public interest to release the information. Given the status and importance of the role of the Auditor-General, it is important that the act clearly reflects that it should be the Auditor-General who is best placed to determine what is most appropriate to include in audit reports.

The second amendment is effectively the same as what is proposed in the bill and has simply been slightly changed to reflect the changes in amendment No 1. I commend my amendments to the Assembly.

MR CORBELL: The government will support Mr Rattenbury’s amendments. They refine the existing public interest test in the Auditor-General Act. As an example, a reference to the Human Rights Act in the proposed amendment means it is not necessary to retain a separate reference to a right to a fair trial that is in the existing act. A right to a fair trial is one of the rights protected in our Human Rights Act. The government does not object to the proposal by Mr Rattenbury and will support the amendments.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Criminal Code (Cheating at Gambling) Amendment Bill 2013

Debate resumed from 6 June 2013, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (11.20): Mr Wall adjourned this on my behalf, I think.

Mr Wall: On behalf of the former shadow—

MR HANSON: On behalf of the former shadow attorney-general. The Canberra Liberals will be supporting the Criminal Code (Cheating at Gambling) Amendment Bill 2013. This bill would introduce criminal penalties for certain match-fixing behaviours and cheating at gambling activities.

It is in response to a nationally agreed approach to cheating at gambling on sporting activities. Jurisdictions agreed to ensure their criminal codes covered behaviours identified at the national level. Three new offences are introduced into the ACT’s Criminal Code. Firstly, actions that corrupt a betting outcome, for example underperformance, interfering with a playing surface and so on, carry a maximum penalty of 10 years. Secondly, betting while possessing information about a corrupt betting outcome, including encouraging someone else to bet on the event in a particular way, also carries a maximum penalty of 10 years. For the offence of betting

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