Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 5 April 2016) . . Page.. 1074 ..
of the lottery does not refer to gaming machines. This minor amendment addresses an anomaly with the Lotteries Act 1964 in relation to advertising. That anomaly between the Lotteries Act and the Gaming Machine Act has created some confusion in the community.
The bill amends the Sale of Motor Vehicles Act to modernise the definition of “accessory” to include a number of fittings in addition to a car radio, sound‐reproducing equipment or an air-conditioning unit fitted to the vehicle. Again this reflects the changing nature of what is in a vehicle. The bill also makes provision for the high voltage battery of electric‐powered vehicles and hybrid vehicles to be considered an integral part of the vehicle and therefore not an accessory for the purposes of the warranty but, rather, a part of the main vehicle. That recognises the fact obviously those batteries are integral to that vehicle. Again this reflects a changing of circumstances in the external world which need to be reflected in the legislation.
The bill amends the Security Industry Act to remove the requirement for a security employee applicant to be employed by a master licence holder in order to become eligible to receive a security licence. This amendment therefore eliminates a circular requirement where an individual cannot be employed by a master security licence holder unless they already hold a security licence and simultaneously cannot obtain a security licence unless they are already employed by a master security licence holder. The amendment addresses this issue, providing a simpler application process for those wishing to enter into the security industry in the territory.
The bill amends the Liquor Act 2010 so that a renewal application for a liquor licence can be lodged at any point before the current licence expires. Prior to this amendment, the Liquor Act required an application for renewal of a licence to be lodged at least 30 days before the licence expires. This mandatory deadline was overly prescriptive given that the existing legislation also already provides for a licence to remain in force until a decision is made on the renewal application. This imposes an administrative burden on both the applicant and the regulator that would be unnecessary if the 30-day deadline for renewal applications were removed.
Finally, the bill addresses other consequential amendments and technical corrections. I am happy to support this bill as I think it will help foster a regulatory environment that helps business and the community and will contribute to the efficiency and economic prosperity of the ACT.
MR BARR (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Tourism and Events and Minister for Urban Renewal) (11.29), in reply: I thank Mr Rattenbury for his support of the legislation. I am very pleased to talk further on the benefits that will arise for our community from the passage of this Red Tape Reduction Legislation Amendment Bill. As I said before, cutting unnecessary red tape for ACT businesses and citizens is at the foundation of our government’s ongoing strategy to create a competitive, open and sensible economic environment.