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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 24 September 2015) . . Page.. 3483 ..

person and fair trial as well as rights in criminal processes. The bill supports a number of these rights as well as the right to protection from torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.

The bill’s explanatory statement contains a comprehensive analysis of the human rights issues. I encourage all members to consider this document along with the bill.

In closing, the government acknowledges that the amendments in the bill engage and limit the human rights of a section of the ACT community, namely, family violence perpetrators. However, government believes that the limitations are proportionate and justified because they are the least restrictive means available to achieve the purpose and to protect the human rights of others, in this case women, children and their families. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

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

Lotteries (Approvals) 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) (10.52): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Today I present the Lotteries (Approvals) Amendment Bill 2015. The bill amends the Lotteries Act 1964 and the Gambling and Racing Control (Code of Practice) Regulation 2002. The bill responds to community concerns about onerous approval requirements for the conduct of low risk lottery activities. A gaming activity’s risk level is considered against its gambling harm, the potential for criminal activity and maintenance of consumer protection measures.

Research from ANU and the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission suggest gambling activities are lower risk if they are infrequent or one-off, of small prize value and include lottery products such as raffles, low value housie, bingo and trade promotions.

I do not shy away from the strong regulation of gambling risk. I recognise gaming activity can be a problem for some in our community. Without compromising the commission’s strong regulatory oversight, this bill provides for more flexible risk-based regulation. The bill achieves this by removing administrative burden and financial impost associated with low risk lottery approvals.

The reforms I am introducing today cut red tape for businesses and organisations. Our schools, local charitable organisations and community groups do not need to be

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