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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 2 Hansard (18 February) . .

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MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, did you approve the road closure?

MR GENTLEMAN: No.

Gaming—poker machines

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Sport and Recreation. A number of sporting clubs throughout the territory rely on income from gaming machines to fund their activities, meaning that government decisions on gaming machines are important to the sector. It has been reported that you held a meeting with the Chief Minister on 13 January to discuss the decision to increase the note limit for acceptors to $50 notes. Minister, was it your understanding in December 2014 that the government was planning to increase the note limit for note acceptors to $50?

MR RATTENBURY: I am just trying to analyse what Ms Lawder's question actually was, because it roamed over a number of different topics. I think that if, at the end of the day, her question was—

Mr Coe interjecting—

MR RATTENBURY: The question was actually all over the place, but I think that at the end of the day what Ms Lawder wants to know was: in December did I know the $50 note limit was coming? If that was the actual question she was trying to ask me, the answer is: no, I was not aware the decision was being taken to introduce that regulation.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, what consultation occurred between Minister Burch and you or your directorate before the regulation was issued increasing the note limit for acceptors on 22 December?

MR RATTENBURY: There was none.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, what was the outcome of your meeting with the Chief Minister on 13 January and did the government position on this issue change as a result?

MR RATTENBURY: I cannot recall if I met with the Chief Minister on 13 January. I will have to check my notes.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

Mr Coe interjecting—


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