Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013; In Committee
Although it is not on the running sheet, because there was some delay in getting the amendment circulated, I have circulated a series of amendments, some of which are no longer relevant, but there are others that are. I cannot move all of the amendments at once on this sheet; I need to deal with all of them separately. I will move amendment (1) on sheet 7462, which relates to the gambling schedule, schedule 1. As I articulated in my contribution in the discussion that we had on the amendments from the opposition, I indicated we would be supporting those amendments because they slightly improve that provision. We do not support this schedule, for the reasons that were very well articulated by my colleague Senator Di Natale. We do not support the weakening of what we already thought was a very weak approach to problem gambling. So we will seek to exclude this particular schedule from this bill.
The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN: These amendments have not been circulated widely as yet and so, to some extent, we are dealing with them on the run. I am advised by the Clerk that amendment (1) and amendment (7) address the same issue—that is, gambling—and that amendment (7) is the matter of substance, whereas amendment 1 is the consequential amendment.
I beg your pardon. These have not been circulated and are not on the running order, so it is slightly confusing, and I will move Greens amendments (7) and (1) first.