The NSW Government has introduced a package of four cognate bills relating to regulation of liquor, gaming and clubs industries. The main Bill is the Liquor and Gaming Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 (NSW), and the cognate bills are the Casino Control Amendment Bill 2018 (NSW), Gaming Machines Amendment (Leasing and Assessment) Bill 2018 (NSW), and Registered Clubs Amendment (Accountability and Amalgamations) Bill 2018 (NSW). The bills make a significant number of amendments to a number of pieces of legislation, building on existing measures designed to protect those impacted by gaming-related harm and improve the management of the liquor, gaming and clubs industries.
This main Bill in this package of Bills proposes the following key amendments:
This Bill amends the Gaming Machines Act 2001 (NSW), the Gaming Machines Regulation 2010 (NSW) and the Casino Control Act 1992 (NSW). Importantly, this Bill proposes to amend the Gaming Machines Act 2001 (NSW) to change the geographical area used for clarifying local communities when considering the local impact assessment scheme for gaming machines, which will allow smaller local statistical areas to be used rather than larger local government areas.
This Bill makes miscellaneous amendments to various gaming and liquor legislation. Some of the main amendments are:
This Bill amends the Casino Control Act 1992 (NSW) in order to insert provisions relating to reviews of casino licences, conduct of gaming, assistance to patrons, and exclusion orders relating to certain patrons. Importantly, the Bill proposes to amend the Casino Control Act 1992 (NSW) to ensure that The Star and Crown Sydney compete in a neutral regulatory environment by aligning the regime of smoking exemptions at the private gaming areas at The Star with the smoking exemptions at Crown Sydney’s private gaming areas.
In his second reading speech when introducing the Bills, Paul Toole, Minister for Lands and Forestry and Minister for Racing, stated regarding the aim of the reform package:
Mr Toole further highlighted this approach aimed to strike a balance between the needs of various stakeholders, stating:
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Liquor and Gaming Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 (NSW) and cognate bills Casino Control Amendment Bill 2018 (NSW), Gaming Machines Amendment (Leasing and Assessment) Bill 2018 (NSW), and Registered Clubs Amendment (Accountability and Amalgamations) Bill 2018 (NSW), and associated second reading speech, as published on TimeBase LawOne.
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