Supplementary Order Paper No 84

No 84

House of Representatives

Supplementary Order Paper

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Gambling Amendment Bill (No 2)


Proposed amendments

Kevin Hague, in Committee, to move the following amendments:

Clause 5

To insert after subclause (2) (line 2 on page 7) the following subclause:

  • (2A) Section 4(1) is amended by repealing paragraph (a)(iii) of the definition of authorised purpose and substituting the following paragraph:

    • (iii) the maintenance and development of racing club infrastructure and racecourses, including the payment of wages and salaries and purchase of goods and services ancillary to this purpose and the promoting, controlling, and conducting of race meetings under the Racing Act 2003, but not including the payment of racing stakes:.

Clause 22

To add after subclause (2) (line 29 on page 16) the following subclause:

  • (3) Section 53(2) is amended by repealing paragraph (f) and substituting the following paragraph:

    • (f) conditions requiring the utilisation of player tracking devices, pre-commit cards or other technological devices designed to maximise player knowledge about and control over their gambling and to minimise gambling related harm while permitting responsible gambling.

New clause 22AA

To insert after clause 22 (line 29 on page 16) the following new clause:

22AA Restrictions where applicant proposes to conduct class 4 gambling mainly to distribute net proceeds to community
  • The principal Act is amended by inserting after section 53 the following sections:

    53A Restriction on distribution for racing purposes
    • (1) This section applies if an applicant for the grant or renewal of a class 4 operator’s licence proposes to conduct class 4 gambling mainly to distribute net proceeds to the community.

      (2) Every class 4 operator’s licence granted or renewed after the commencement of this section must contain a provision limiting the distribution of net proceeds for the purpose described in paragraph (a)(iii) of the definition of authorised purpose in each twelve-month period following the grant or renewal of the class 4 operator’s licence to no more than the greater of:

      • (a) 5% of the total net proceeds distributed under the operator’s licence; or

      • (b) the total net proceeds distributed by the operator for the purpose of promoting, controlling, and conducting race meetings under the Racing Act 2003, including the payment of stakes, in the twelve months immediately preceding this section coming into force.

    53B Requirement to distribute proportion of net proceeds to local community
    • (1) This section applies if an applicant for the grant or renewal of a class 4 operator’s licence proposes to conduct class 4 gambling mainly to distribute net proceeds to the community.

      (2) In this section local community means, in relation to a class 4 venue, the community of the district of the territorial authority in which the class 4 venue is located.

      (3) Every class 4 operator’s licence granted or renewed after the commencement of this section must contain a provision specifying a minimum proportion of the net proceeds from each class 4 venue operated by the class 4 operator that will be distributed in each twelve-month period following the grant or renewal of the class 4 operator’s licence for charitable purposes within that class 4 venue’s local community or for non-commercial purposes that are beneficial to the class 4 venue’s local community.

      (4) Unless the Secretary is satisfied there are special circumstances, the minimum proportion of net proceeds to be specified under subsection (3) in relation to each class 4 venue operated by the operator shall be 80%.

Clause 28

To insert after subclause 2 (line 22 on page 18) the following subclause:

  • (2A) Section 70(1) is amended by inserting after paragraph (i) the following paragraph:

    • (ia) conditions requiring gaming machines to be located in particular areas of the venue, including a condition that all gaming machines be located entirely within internal areas of the venue; and.

Clause 40

To add after paragraph (b) of new section 98 (line 30 on page 22) the following paragraph:

  • (c) if a holder of a class 4 venue licence who conducts gambling mainly to distribute net profits to the community applies for a class 4 venue licence renewal and the territorial authority within whose district the venue is located has adopted a class 4 gambling policy under section 101(3)(c) to prohibit, or reduce the number of, class 4 gambling venues in its district or the area of the district within which the venue is located.

Clause 41

To add after subclause (3) (line 4 on page 23) the following subclause:

  • (4) Section 100 is amended by adding the following subsection:

    • (6) If a territorial authority declines to renew a class 4 venue consent consequent upon a class 4 gambling policy made under section 101(3)(c) to prohibit, or reduce the number of, class 4 gambling venues in its district or the area of the district within which the venue is located the conditions of venue consent operating at the time the application was made shall continue to apply for a period of 18 months from the date of the decision to decline venue consent.

New clause 41A

To insert after clause 41 (line 4 on page 23) the following clause:

41A Venue policy may include prohibition or reduction in number of class 4 venues
  • Section 101(3) is amended by adding after paragraph (b) the following paragraphs:

    • (c) may specify that class 4 venues are to be prohibited or reduced in numbers in all of or parts of the district and that this prohibition or reduction in numbers may apply to existing venues, including existing venues that operated on the date this Act came into force:

    • (d) may specify restrictions on—

      • (i) signage that is in, or is visible from, a public place, and that advertises class 4 venues:

      • (ii) the hours of operation of class 4 venues.

Clause 42

To omit clause 42 (line 5 on page 23) and substitute the following clause:

42 Adoption, confirmation and review of class 4 venue policy
  • (1) Section 102(1)(a) is amended by inserting corporate after each.

    (2) Section 102(1)(b) is amended by deleting organisations and substituting each organisation.

    (3) Section 102(1) is amended by inserting after paragraph (b) the following paragraph:

    • (c) each District Health Board, problem gambling service provider, and addiction service provider in the territorial authority’s district.

    (4) Section 102 is amended by inserting after subsection (3) the following subsection:

    • (3A) Section 77 of the Local Government Act 2002 applies to the adoption, amendment or replacement of a policy.

Clause 47

To insert after subclause (1AA) (line 19 on page 25) the following subclause:

  • (1AB) Section 106(2) is amended by deleting $10,000 and substituting $50,000.

Clause 52

To add after subclause (4) (line 13 on page 27) the following subclauses:

  • (5) Section 113(2) is amended by deleting $10,000 and substituting $50,000; and

  • (6) Section 113(3) is amended by deleting $10,000 and substituting $50,000.


Explanatory note

This Supplementary Order Paper replaces SOP No 65.

The purpose of the Supplementary Order Paper is to make amendments to the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 2) as reported from the Government Administration Committee. The proposed amendments relate to the definition of authorised purpose for various classes of gambling, and to class 4 gambling profit distribution and operator and venue licensing. The Supplementary Order Paper also proposes amendments to the Bill to give territorial authorities greater powers in addressing problem gambling within their communities and increases penalties for certain offences under the Gambling Act 2003.

The amendment to clause 4 of the Bill proposed by the Supplementary Order Paper amends the definition of authorised purpose for the various classes of gambling to specifically include the maintenance and development of racing club infrastructure and racecourses and the payment of wages and salaries and purchase of goods and services ancillary to this purpose, but to specifically exclude the payment of racing stakes. This amendment will ensure that the proceeds of gambling, where distributed to the racing industry, are distributed to those activities in the racing industry that have a genuine need for financial support.

The amendment to clause 22 proposed by the Supplementary Order Paper will add an additional condition that can be imposed by the Secretary of Internal Affairs in issuing a class 4 gambling operator’s licence requiring the operator to implement systems to maximise player knowledge about and control over their gambling and to minimise gambling related harm.

The proposed clause 22AA that the Supplementary Order Paper proposes to insert into the Bill inserts new sections 53A and 53B into the Act to address issues relating to the distribution of gaming machine proceeds.

The proposed section 53A caps the level of funding from gaming machine operators that can be distributed to the racing industry. This is to ensure that genuine community interests receive the bulk of the benefits of any additional proceeds from gaming machine gambling. Distribution by any operator to the racing industry is proposed by this section to be capped at 5% of an operator’s total distribution, or at the operator’s total distribution to the racing industry in the twelve months immediately preceding the proposed section 53A coming into force, whichever is the greater.

The proposed section 53B will ensure that the net proceeds of gaming machine gambling are distributed largely to the communities in which the gambling occurs. Currently there is evidence of gambling proceeds derived from poorer communities being diverted to wealthier communities or to districts that are remote or some considerable distance away from where they are obtained. Under the new section 53B, 80% of the proceeds from a gaming machine venue within a particular territorial authority district will normally be required to be distributed for the benefit of the communities within the district from which they are derived.

The amendment to clause 28 of the Bill proposed by this Supplementary Order Paper will require the Secretary of Internal Affairs, in issuing a class 4 venue licence, to impose conditions requiring gaming machines to be located in particular areas of the venue, including a condition that all gaming machines be located entirely within internal areas of the venue. This will address an issue that has arisen involving some gambling venues, in response to the 2004 amendments to the Smoke-Free Environments Act 1990, altering the layout of their premises so gamblers can gamble outside.

The amendment to clause 40 of the Bill proposed by this Supplementary Order Paper provides an additional criterion under which territorial authority consent for class 4 gambling will be required. That criterion will require the holder of a class 4 venue licence who conducts gambling mainly to distribute net profits to the community to obtain territorial authority consent for renewal of a venue licence if the territorial authority within whose district the venue is located has adopted a class 4 gambling policy under section 101(3)(c) to prohibit, or reduce the number of, class 4 gambling venues in its district or the area of the district within which the venue is located.

The amendment to clause 41 of the Bill proposed by this Supplementary Order Paper is a grace period provision providing that if a class 4 venue consent renewal is refused consequent upon a territorial authority policy to prohibit or reduce the number of class 4 venues in that area, the venue consent operating at the time the application for renewal was made shall continue to apply for a period of 18 months from the date of the decision to decline venue consent. This will permit existing class 4 venues to be disestablished in an orderly manner in the event of venue consent renewal being refused and to develop alternative forms of securing entertainment and economic viability.

The new clause 41A of the Bill proposed by this Supplementary Order Paper will permit territorial authorities to develop class 4 gambling policies to prohibit, or reduce the number of, class 4 gambling venues in its district or the area of their district or an area of their district and to specify restrictions on class 4 venue signage and class 4 venue opening hours. It will also permit territorial authorities to develop policies regulating signage and opening hours of class 4 venues.

The substituted clause 42 of the Bill proposed by this Supplementary Order Paper strengthens the consultation process that territorial authorities are required to undertake in developing or reviewing a class 4 venue policy, and requires that territorial authority decisions on class 4 venue policies are made in accordance with section 77 of the Local Government Act 2002.

The amendment to clause 47 of the Bill proposed by this Supplementary Order Paper increases the maximum fine that can be imposed under section 106 of the Act on a corporate society for the unlawful distribution of the net proceeds from class 4 gambling from $10,000 to $50,000 to provide greater deterrence.

The amendment to clause 52 of the Bill proposed by this Supplementary Order Paper similarly increases from $10,000 to $50,000 the maximum fine that can be imposed upon a key person in relation to a class 4 venue who contravenes section 113 of the Act or upon a key person in relation to an operator’s licence or the holder of an operator’s licence who knowingly allows a key person in relation to a venue licence to contravene that section.