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under the act to seek information and investigate financial and contractual arrangements if this should be required, such as where a third party may be receiving gaming machine revenue.

The amendments I introduce today also improve the processes for the disbursement of unallocated gaming machine jackpots. Many of us have seen the jackpot displays on gaming machines and where there is an accumulated jackpot amount that cannot be won due to circumstances beyond the control of patrons, the government’s policy objective is that these funds should be returned to players wherever possible.

To do this, the licensee applies to the commission for approval of an arrangement to distribute the jackpot. At present, this approval must be granted within four weeks or the amount of the jackpot is payable back to the territory. Amendment to section 144 provides that where a licensee has a good reason for not obtaining approval of the redistribution arrangement within the four-week period, the commission will be able to extend that period, an arrangement may be approved and ultimately the jackpot funds can be returned to players rather than the territory.

The bill also includes minor amendments to correct and clarify language and amends associated provisions in the act.

This government is committed to reducing red tape, and the amendments I introduce today are part of our ongoing efforts to identify and address provisions which impose unnecessary burdens on business. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

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

Health, Ageing, Community and Social Services—Standing Committee


Motion (by Mr Hanson) agreed to:

That Mr Hanson be discharged from the Standing Committee on Health, Ageing, Community and Social Services and Ms Lawder be appointed in his place.

Legislative Assembly—members code of conduct

Debate resumed from 19 September 2013, on motion by Mr Rattenbury:

That Continuing Resolution 5 (Code of Conduct for all Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory) adopted on 25 August 2005 (as amended 16 August 2006) be omitted and the following continuing resolution be adopted:


The Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory acknowledge that, in a parliamentary democracy they cannot command, but must

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