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Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, but also any other minister responsible for the matter that is the topic of the consultation.

At least one of the ministers to whom the report is given must provide the elected body with a response no later than two months after the day the report is received. Like the elected body’s own report, the government’s response will be required to be published on the elected body’s website.

The bill introduces a caretaker period for the elected body. The caretaker provisions are modelled on the ACT government’s convention and will ensure that the elected body does not take any action during the caretaker period that would bind an incoming elected body or limit its freedom of action. This replaces and formalises the current practice by which the minister writes to the chair of the elected body in the lead-up to an election to declare a caretaker provision.

This bill also makes the consequential amendments required if and when the Electoral Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 is enacted. The next elected body election is scheduled to commence on 18 May 2020. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body Act modifies the Electoral Act 1992 in order to conduct the election.

I greatly appreciate the work of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body in advocating for the community, raising issues and concerns, and holding the government and its agencies to account. I thank all elected body members for their advocacy and their frank and fearless advice as we work towards equitable outcomes for the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. This bill will further strengthen the elected body, and I commend it to the Assembly.

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

Gaming Machine Amendment Bill 2020

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

Title read by Clerk.

MR RAMSAY (Ginninderra—Attorney-General, Minister for the Arts, Creative Industries and Cultural Events, Minister for Building Quality Improvement, Minister for Business and Regulatory Services and Minister for Seniors and Veterans) (10.36): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to introduce the Gaming Machine Amendment Bill 2020 today. Canberra’s local community clubs make a unique and important contribution to the economic and social fabric of our city. They deliver benefits to our community through sport, music, arts and other cultural activities. The ACT government is committed to supporting clubs to diversify their income to reduce reliance on gaming machine revenue in order to address gambling harm in the community.

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