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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 9 Hansard (19 August) . . Page.. 3316..


MS LE COUTEUR (continuing):

the outcomes will be positive in all directions, why don't we support it? I guess that what we are seeing here, with the dilly-dallying from the other side, is that if you actually want a green solution, vote Green. If you want greenwash, if you want words that are green but not actually doing green, then vote for one of the other parties.

Both Liberal and Labor had energy-efficient hot-water services as part of their 2008 election policies, and I am very pleased that the Liberal Party at least has said that they will support my bill insofar as it is consistent with our election policy. I thank them very much for that indication of support. I am very disappointed to find that the Labor Party does not even intend to live up to its election commitments in this regard.

I think there is probably not a lot more I can say, except to point out again that there is one thing the Legislative Assembly can do which is certain, and that is pass this bill. Relying on COAG is not certain and may or may not work. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Clause 1.

Debate (on motion by Mr Seselja) adjourned to a later hour.

Gaming—sale of Labor clubs

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (11.29): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the broad understanding and acceptance of the community that the provision of poker machine licences and subsequent profits were intended to be for the benefit of community projects in the ACT; and

(b) that the intent of the original grants and subsequent legislation was to ensure that profits from poker machines stay in the community;

(2) raises concerns about the proposed sale of the Labor Club group which will see a potential massive windfall from what is in effect the sale of poker machines;

(3) notes:

(a) the potential for the proposed transaction to undermine the public acceptance and original intent of the community based gaming model; and


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