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I certainly do support Mr Smyth. I think it is sensible. I think it is using the Assembly. I think it is in the best interest of clubs. I have no doubt that the committee, with its members, led by Mr Smyth, will provide something that is both useful and timely.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: The question is—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, you have taken your seat. I presume you have finished.

Mr Rattenbury interjecting—

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Shall we stop the discussion across the chamber and allow Mr Rattenbury to respond to the motion.

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (11.09): Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, and my apologies for the interjection. I will not be supporting this referral to a committee. This legislation has been under deliberation and consultation for some period and I think there are a range of usual mechanisms to consider this legislation. Over the coming weeks there are plenty of opportunities for interparty discussion. There are plenty of opportunities to meet with stakeholders to get detailed briefings on it. I think we can deal with it as a regular piece of legislation.

I also support the content of the legislation in the sense that it will start to deliver a reduction in gaming machines in the ACT. I think this has been in train for some time and it is worth getting on with it. The committee will look at a whole range of issues when it comes to clubs, of which this is one part, but I think it is worth getting on with what is contained in this legislation. We can debate it next month when it comes up and the committee can continue its work in the background.

Question resolved in the negative.

Planning and Development (University of Canberra and Other Leases) Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

Mr Gentleman, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Planning, Minister for Roads and Parking, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Minister for Children and Young People and Minister for Ageing) (11.11): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

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