Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (8 December) . . Page.. 5985..
As I said before, Mr Barr's brave call that he will no longer be issuing poker machine licences does not take a single licence out of play. But what it does is protect the Labor club. You will need to go back before the 2007 federal election when Kevin Rudd, who is no longer Prime Minister, also said that it was time for action on gaming machines. But, of course, that action did not occur and it will now never occur under that Prime Minister.
But the problem here is that it is simply protectionism. This is the Labor Party still looking after the Labor Club Group who fund their campaigns. If there is a conflict of interest in this place, if there is protectionism going on, it is because of the Labor Party's interests, their conflicts of interest, and we all should be aware of that.
What we need is genuine reform. What we need is an across-the-board approach to problem gaming and problem gambling. But we will not get that under this government. We will not get that under this minister and we will certainly not get it as a consequence of Ms Hunter's bill.
That Mr Smyth's amendments be agreed to.
The Assembly voted—
Ayes 5: Mr Coe Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mr Seselja Mr Smyth
Noes 11: Mr Barr Ms Bresnan Ms Burch Mr Corbell Ms Gallagher Mr Hargreaves Ms Hunter Ms Le Couteur Ms Porter Mr Rattenbury Mr Stanhope
Question so resolved in the negative.
Remainder of bill as a whole, as amended, agreed to.
Bill, as amended, agreed to.
Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—proposed inquiry
MS HUNTER (Ginninderra—Parliamentary Convenor, ACT Greens) (4.46): The ACT Greens have as one of their key justice principles that the safety, health and rehabilitation of victims and offenders and the reduction of recidivism and trauma should be given high priority in the justice system and that children and young people require protection in all areas of the justice system. Research on much of Australia's