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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 1 Hansard (11 February) . .

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The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8: Mr Barr Ms Berry Dr Bourke Mrs Burch Ms Fitzharris Mr Gentleman Ms Porter Mr Rattenbury

Noes 7: Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mrs Jones Ms Lawder Mr Smyth Mr Wall

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 12.25 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Gaming—policy

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Racing and Gaming. I refer to a statement on 5 February from former Chief Minister Jon Stanhope in relation to the Labor Party's continuing ownership of the Labor clubs. Mr Stanhope said:

The association with gambling and the conflict of interest, perceived or otherwise, are both morally and politically unacceptable ...

Minister, was your recent decision to increase the note limit on poker machines influenced by the Labor Party's ownership of the Labor clubs?

MS BURCH: No.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, has your recent decision to increase the note limit on poker machines increased the perception of a conflict of interest?

Mr Corbell: Point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Point of order, Mr Corbell.

Mr Corbell: Madam Speaker, the question is asking for an expression of an opinion.

MADAM SPEAKER: Sorry, what was your question?

Mr Hanson: My question was: has your recent decision to increase the note limit on poker machines increased the perception of a conflict of interest?

MADAM SPEAKER: I think that what Mr Hanson is asking is an empirical question, not a hypothetical question. The perception of a conflict of interest could be measured. I will allow the question.


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