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Statutes Amendment (Gaming Prohibitions) Bill

Second Reading

Adjourned debate on second reading

(Continued from 27 July 2016)

The Hon. J.A. DARLEY ( 17:35 :41 ): First of all, I would like to thank all honourable members for their contributions to this bill. As I have said before, the Hon. Robert Brokenshire's bill is very similar to this one. Both bills address the issues of EFTPOS facilities and coin dispensers in gaming venues and also propose to put a $1 maximum bet on gaming machines. The difference between our two bills is that the Hon. Robert Brokenshire's bill also seeks to amend barring orders so that gaming providers are able to make a request to the Independent Gambling Authority to issue a barring order. This will result in barring orders being valid for three years rather than three months.

I want to put on the record again my thanks to all my crossbench colleagues—the Hon. Kelly Vincent, the Hon. Tammy Franks and the Hon. Robert Brokenshire—for their cooperation on this matter. This is an issue that we all felt strongly about and have worked on together. Obviously, only one of our bills will need to be passed today, and I am not optimistic about this, especially as we have provided this parliament with two opportunities for the mistake to be corrected and for changes to be made to protect problem gamblers. With that, I move that this bill be read a second time.

Second reading negatived.