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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 02 Hansard (Tuesday, 18 March 2014) . . Page.. 403 ..

see the NDIS implemented but I can see the blame being shifted very quickly from this minister’s incompetence in managing a transition within the ACT to her federal counterpart. I think it is only prudent that we put on the record here that that is going to be the move that this minister will make next: “It is not my fault. I did my best. Blame the feds.” With the additional year that we have taken, and with Liberal involvement at the federal level for the last six months, it has been the Labor government that this jurisdiction has been dealing with for the large portion of its transition preparedness.

Ms Burch: He is getting ready for his mates to ditch it.

MR WALL: I do not think so.

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, members! Mr Wall, if you could comply with standing order 42 and address the chair, that would be handy.

MR WALL: Certainly, Madam Speaker. I want it clear on the record as to what I can see happening over the coming 106 days as we move towards the commencement of the transition in the ACT. I think it is prudent that the minister, as soon as possible, comes back to this place with a statement outlining clearly how the transition is going to occur. What individuals are going to be transitioned into the new funding model at what stage? We have got just over 28 months until a full transition needs to occur. It is not a large time frame to transition all services in the ACT, yet we are still no clearer on that detail. I wait for more information.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Totalisator Bill 2013

Debate resumed from 28 November 2013, on motion by Ms Burch:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (10.43): This bill sets up a framework to establish the totalisator conduct and regulation for betting in the ACT and is, of course, the prelude to the sale of ACTTAB. I thank the minister for the briefing and for her officials informing me of the intent of the bill.

This bill will repeal the Betting (ACTTAB Limited) Act 1964 and will also amend the Gambling and Racing Control Act 1999, Gambling and Racing Control (Code of Practice) Regulation 2002 and the Race and Sports Bookmaking Act 2001.

The bill, to put it simply, aims to put in place the necessary groundwork for the planned sale of ACTTAB. It is potentially the case that the government has taken too long in considering ACTTAB’s future, but it is good to see that things are finally happening now. I note there have not been any amendments since 1990 regarding totalisator-like operations in the ACT. Suffice it to say in a rapidly changing market this update to the act is long overdue.

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