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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 2 Hansard (19 February) . .

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Questions without notice

Gaming—policy

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for Racing and Gaming. Minister, I refer to the recommendation by the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission in February 2010. The commission said:

The Memorandum and Articles of Association give the Secretary of the ACT Branch of the ALP the power to veto proposed changes to the Memorandum and Articles of Association and the power to remove any of the six Directors of the Club that are nominated by the ACT Branch of the ALP ... In order to lessen the possibility that conflicts with the Gaming Machine Act 2004 will arise in the future, the Commission recommends that the relevant authorities give urgent consideration to amending the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Canberra Labor Club to remove powers the exercise of which would or could give rise to a conflict with the Act.

Minister, what action have you taken to ensure that the Labor Party and the clubs have amended their memorandum and articles of association to avoid a conflict with the act?

Mr Corbell: A point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Point of order.

Mr Corbell: Madam Speaker, the minister is not responsible for decisions made by the Canberra Labor Club Group. She is responsible for the regulation of gaming—

Mr Smyth interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order!

Mr Corbell: but the question Mr Smyth asked was specifically about the internal governance of the Canberra Labor Club Group. The minister is not responsible for the internal governance of the Canberra Labor Club Group and the question is out of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: The minister is clearly not responsible for the internal governance of the Canberra Labor Club, but she is responsible for the governance of the Gaming Machine Act. I understand, on the basis of Mr Smyth's question, that there was a recommendation. I think it is reasonable that he can ask whether she, as the minister responsible, has done anything to see that the recommendation has been implemented. I call the Minister for Racing and Gaming.

MS BURCH: It is my understanding that the commission has not raised any concerns with me on this matter.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.


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