Gambing Reform package
On 20 November 2012, the Senate referred the gambling reform
package of bills to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee, for inquiry
and report by 27 November 2012. The bills were:
a. National Gambling Reform Bill 2012;
b. National Gambling Reform (Related Matters) Bill
(No. 1) 2012; and
c. National Gambling Reform (Related Matters) Bill
(No. 2) 2012.
On 30 September 2010 the Parliament agreed to establish a
Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform. One of the terms of reference of
that committee is to examine 'any gambling-related legislation that has been
tabled in either House, either as a first reading or exposure draft'.
On 1 November 2012, the gambling reform package of bills was
introduced into the House of Representatives, and the Joint Select Committee accordingly
commenced an inquiry into the bills. The Joint Select Committee wrote to
stakeholders inviting evidence, ultimately receiving and publishing 20
submissions. It held a public hearing on 13 November 2012, and tabled its
report on 23 November 2012.
Upon receiving the reference, the Community Affairs Committee
wrote to the Joint Select Committee, asking for an outline of the inquiry
process that it had followed. The Community Affairs Committee considered the
Joint Select Committee's response, inquiry evidence, and reviewed the Joint
Select Committee's report. The Community Affairs Committee concluded that the
Joint Select Committee had canvassed all the major stakeholders and thoroughly
reviewed the issues before it. Accordingly, the Community Affairs Committee did
not make a separate call for submissions, and endorses the conclusions and
recommendations of the Joint Select Committee's report.
Senator Claire Moore
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