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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 14 Hansard (24 November) . . Page.. 4682..

(3) ActewAGL call centre services are located in the ACT.

(4) There are no ActewAGL call centre jobs located in Melbourne, or anywhere else, that could be located in the ACT.

(5) All ACT Government Departments and operations use call centres that are located locally.

(6) All call centre jobs for ACT Government Departments or operations are located in the ACT.

(7) There are no yearly running costs for ACT Government Departments or operations call centres that are not located in the ACT.

(8) Because all ACT Government Departments and operations use call centres that are located locally, there is no cost to the ACT economy by not keeping these services within the ACT.

Poker machine tax revenue

(Question No 679)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 18 October 2005:

(1) Given that the Government, after the poker machine tax has been raised and comes into effect, expects to increase its revenue by $5.3 million in 2007-2008 and that the club industry is experiencing difficult times and that a number of clubs are failing and other clubs are curtailing activities due to decreased revenue as a consequence of the introduction of note accepters and a further decrease in revenue because of smoking bans, how is the figure of an increase of $5.3 million arrived at;

(2) Has the Government any contingency plans if this money fails to materialise as a result of the constrictions on club activities.

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The figure of $5.3 million was an estimate of additional revenue based on expected gaming machine revenues at the time of the preparation of the 2005-06 Budget.

(2) As stated at page two of the explanatory statement for the Gaming Machine Amendment Bill 2005 (No. 2), the "...increase has been included in this amendment Bill to ensure transparency in the Government's intentions and to enable the industry to plan accordingly..."prior to commencement of new tax rates on 1 July 2007.

As with many revenue estimates, the true impact cannot be gauged until the initiative is in place, therefore, the effect of the new tax rates cannot be fully known until sometime after their commencement on 1 July 2007. Treasury monitors revenue to assess variance from budget on a regular basis and revises estimates accordingly as a part of the Budget Mid Year Review and any Supplementary Appropriation Papers.

You should note that the Government is committed to the Club sector in the ACT and works towards its ongoing viability in a range of fora. In relation to the commencement

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