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A Bill for an Act to put in place interim measures to regulate the rate of poker machine losses
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Registered 30 Oct 2009
Introduced Senate 28 Oct 2009

2008‑2009

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poker Machine (Reduced Losses—Interim Measures) Bill 2009

 

No.      , 2009

 

(Senator Xenophon)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to put in place interim measures to regulate the rate of poker machine losses

  

  

  


Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                               1

1............ Short title............................................................................................ 1

2............ Commencement.................................................................................. 1

3............ Object of Act...................................................................................... 2

4............ Application of Act............................................................................. 2

5............ Relationship with State and Territory law......................................... 2

6............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 2

Part 2—Restrictions on the practical operation of poker machines          3

8............ Dealing with poker machines.............................................................. 3

9............ Restrictions on the practical operation of poker machines................ 3

Part 3—Civil penalties                                                                                                         5

10.......... Pecuniary penalties for contravention of civil penalty provisions..... 5

11.......... Contravening a civil penalty provision is not an offence................... 6

12.......... Recovery of a pecuniary penalty....................................................... 6

Part 4—Miscellaneous                                                                                                         7

13.......... Regulations......................................................................................... 7


A Bill for an Act to put in place interim measures to regulate the rate of poker machine losses

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

Part 1Preliminary

  

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Poker Machine (Reduced Losses—Interim Measures) Act 2009.

2  Commencement

                   This Act commences at the end of 28 days after the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

3  Object of Act

                   The object of this Act is to put in place interim measures to regulate the rate of poker machine losses by restricting the practical operation of poker machines.

4  Application of Act

Extension to external Territories

             (1)  This Act extends to Norfolk Island, the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands and the Territory of Christmas Island.

Limited extraterritorial application

             (2)  This Act applies to acts, omissions, matters and things in the Australian jurisdiction and does not apply to acts, omissions, matters and things outside the Australian jurisdiction.

5  Relationship with State and Territory law

                   This Act is not intended to exclude or limit the concurrent operation of any law of a State or Territory, unless the contrary intention appears.

6  Definitions

                   In this Act:

corporation means a corporation to which paragraph 51(xx) of the Constitution applies.

poker machine includes:

                     (a)  gaming machine; and

                     (b)  any machine licensed or required to be licensed for use in a State or Territory as a poker machine or gaming machine;

and otherwise has its ordinary meaning.

Part 2Restrictions on the practical operation of poker machines

  

8  Dealing with poker machines

             (1)  A corporation must not:

                     (a)  manufacture a poker machine; or

                     (b)  acquire, install, own, operate or lease a poker machine; or

                     (c)  sell or offer a machine for sale for use in Australia as a poker machine; or

                     (d)  otherwise exercise any property right over or in connection with a poker machine or the revenue from a poker machine;

unless the machine complies with each requirement in section 9.

             (2)  A person must not:

                     (a)  aid, abet, counsel or procure a contravention of subsection (1); or

                     (b)  induce, whether by threats or promises or otherwise, a contravention of subsection (1); or

                     (c)  be in any way, directly or indirectly, knowingly concerned in, or party to, a contravention of subsection (1); or

                     (d)  conspire with others to effect a contravention of subsection (1).

             (3)  Subsections (1) and (2) are civil penalty provisions.

Note:          Part 3 provides for pecuniary penalties for breaches of civil penalty provisions.

9  Restrictions on the practical operation of poker machines

Restriction on bank note denomination

             (1)  The machine must not accept banknotes with a denomination greater than $20.

Restriction on entering credits

             (2)  The machine must not be capable of accepting additional credits from a player if the machine stands in credit to the player to the value of $20 or more.

Maximum bet

             (3)  The machine must not be capable of allowing a maximum bet in excess of $1 per spin.

Maximum loss

             (4)  The machine must not be capable of allowing a maximum loss in excess of $120 in any single hour of operation.

Part 3Civil penalties

10  Pecuniary penalties for contravention of civil penalty provisions

             (1)  If the Federal Court is satisfied that a person has contravened a civil penalty provision, the Court may order the person to pay to the Commonwealth such pecuniary penalty, in respect of each contravention, as the Court determines to be appropriate.

             (2)  In determining the pecuniary penalty, the Court must have regard to all relevant matters, including

                     (a)  the nature, extent and circumstances of the contravention; and

                     (b)  the nature and extent of any loss or damage suffered as a result of the contravention;

                     (c)  whether the person has previously been found by the Court in proceedings under this Act to have engaged in any similar conduct.

             (3)  In assessing the extent of any loss or damage, the Court may consider the harm that is caused to vulnerable people, to their families and to Australian society by the use of expensive, addictive poker machines.

             (4)  The pecuniary penalty payable under subsection (1) is not to exceed 2000 penalty units for each contravention.

Note:          penalty unit has the meaning given by section 4AA of the Crimes Act 1914.

             (5)  It is open to the Court to find that a failure to comply with more than one subsection in section 9 constitutes more than one contravention of a civil penalty provision even if that contravention relates to the same conduct.

             (6)  It is open to the Court to find that a person who contravenes a civil penalty provision commits a separate contravention of that provision in respect of each day during which the contravention continues.

11  Contravening a civil penalty provision is not an offence

                   A contravention of a civil penalty provision is not an offence.

12  Recovery of a pecuniary penalty

                   If the Federal Court orders a person to pay a pecuniary penalty:

                     (a)  the penalty is payable to the Commonwealth; and

                     (b)  the Commonwealth may enforce the order as if it were a judgment of the Court.

Part 4Miscellaneous

  

13  Regulations

                   The Governor‑General may make regulations prescribing matters:

                     (a)  required or permitted by this Act to be prescribed; or

                     (b)  necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act.