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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Hansard Week 13 (10 November) . . Page.. 4747..

MR BARR (continuing):

As in previous years, the level of contributions to the sport and recreation category consistently and significantly outweighed the level of contributions to the other categories. In 2008-09 sport and recreation received approximately $9.7 million or over 70 per cent of all contributions.

The commission's report shows that contributions to the charitable and social welfare category were $1.1 million, which accounts for over eight per cent of the total contributions and is a significant increase of over 14 per cent from the previous financial year. Some licensees made significant contributions to the Victorian bushfire disaster which accounts for a proportion of that increase.

In the other categories for the 2008-09 financial year, the following contributions were made:

  • non-profit activities-$2.1 million or 14 per cent of total contributions, an increase of 11 per cent on the previous financial year;

  • problem gambling-$407,516 or just over 2.9 per cent of total contributions, a 3.9 per cent increase on the previous year;

  • women's sport-$219,214 or just over 1.5 per cent of total contributions, over a four per cent increase on the previous financial year; and

  • community infrastructure-$202,531 or 1.4 per cent of total contributions, a decrease of 8.4 per cent.

Whilst there is no minimum level requirement for community contributions from hotel and tavern gaming machine licensees, seven of the 12 gaming machine licensees made community contributions in the 2008-09 financial year. These licensees contributed a total of $61,157, which is an increase of over 20 per cent compared to the last financial year.

Historically, hotels and taverns tend to contribute to three of the permissible categories and this trend has continued for the 2008-09 financial year. As with the club sector, the sport and recreation category received the majority of the hotel and tavern contributions with over 73 per cent of all the contributions going to this category. Non-profit activities received over 19 per cent of the contributions made, while charitable and social welfare organisations received just over six per cent of contributions made by hotels and taverns.

This report contains comprehensive data on gaming machine activity in the ACT, which I am sure all members will find useful.

Child abuse

Discussion of matter of public importance

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Speaker has received letters from Ms Bresnan, Mr Coe, Mr Doszpot, Mrs Dunne, Mr Hanson, Ms Hunter, Ms Le Couteur, Ms Porter

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