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Members with skills and knowledge in areas such as finance, policy development, research and trends in education, parent and community engagement and community services could also be included, as needed. Such membership would include but not be limited to the representatives of universities; nationally recognised specialists in parental engagement, early childhood education and care, data policy and analysis, and stakeholder community engagement; ACT school sectors; the unions; and of course the students. The Education and Training Directorate will provide secretariat support to any advisory body established under this new legislation. Remuneration of advisory members has not been specified in the legislation. However there will be flexibility to allow an allowance for the chair, technical experts and professionals as required by the Remuneration Act.

To enable this arrangement requires the disestablishment of the existing government and non-government education councils that were established in 2004 under the then Education Act. I would like to take this opportunity to thank both councils for their work over many years and their attention to providing advice to my predecessors and to me as Minister for Education and Training. I would particularly like to thank the chairs of the two current councils, Mr Craig Curry and Ms Narelle Hargreaves OAM, for their devotion and energy of many years. Both have actively engaged in improving education in the territory and the outcomes for all our students and staff.

Madam Speaker, I commend this amending legislation to the Assembly.

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

Gaming Machine (Reform) Amendment Bill 2015

Ms Burch, pursuant to notice, 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 Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Disability, Minister for Racing and Gaming and Minister for the Arts) (10.57): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Today I present the Gaming Machine (Reform) Amendment Bill 2015, which amends the Gaming Machine Act 2004. This bill represents the second stage of regulatory reforms that I announced on 2 October last year as part of the gaming machine reform package. This bill follows the first stage of regulatory reforms that were introduced through the Gaming Machine (Red Tape Reduction) Amendment Act 2014 (No 2), which commenced on 5 December last year. The reforms I introduce today strike the right balance in supporting the ongoing viability of the territory’s community clubs while retaining a strong harm minimisation framework.

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