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Thursday, 1 November 2012
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Ms MACKLIN (JagajagaMinister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Minister for Disability Reform) (09:19): I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

This bill is the second companion bill to the National Gambling Reform Bill 2012.

The purpose of this bill is to impose the gaming machine regulation levy. This levy forms a part of the penalty regime imposed on venues and operators of gaming machines for non-compliance, which is established by the National Gambling Reform Bill 2012, the primary bill in the legislation package.

The gaming machine regulation levy is payable in relation to the revenue from gaming machines in certain instances. The levy is payable by those persons who are not constitutional corporations and who make gaming machines available that do not meet the requirements relating to precommitment systems and dynamic warnings that are outlined in the primary bill.

The formal imposition of the levy in this bill arises from section 55 of the Constitution, which requires that laws imposing taxation deal only with the imposition of taxation.

Both this bill and the primary bill are necessary to establish the levy.

The provisions in this bill deal primarily with the imposition of the levy and the amount of the levy.

The amount of the gaming machine regulation levy for each applicable gaming machine is determined first by multiplying the rate of the levy by the amount of revenue from that machine for the levy period. Allowable reductions for the gaming machine for the levy period are then subtracted from this figure. Any allowable reductions will be determined in accordance with regulations. If the gaming machine revenue from a levy period is less than zero, no levy is payable for that period.

I commend the bill to the House.

Debate adjourned.