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

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MR SMYTH: Minister, why have you and the government failed to take appropriate actions, given the importance of enforcing the Gaming Machine Act 2004?

MS BURCH: We have not failed.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, how will you deal with the growing perception of a conflict of interest with the Labor clubs?

MS BURCH: I have no conflict of interest.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, what steps are you taking to distance yourself and the government from the Labor clubs?

MS BURCH: I have no conflict of interest.

Planning—draft variation 304

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Planning. Minister, draft variation 304 was released for consultation in March 2013. What is the status of this variation?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Coe for his question. As members are aware, variations go through a process. Draft variation 304 talked about floor limits on shops, including supermarkets in local centres and mixed use zones. It was released for public comment for six weeks from 23 March to 6 May. A report of the consultation, together with the recommendation of the final version of the draft, was referred to the minister on 24 September 2013. On 2 April, the minister returned 304 to the directorate. On 8 September 2014, I signed the directorate's letter which required EPD to omit changes to GFA limits and, on 19 October, clarified that shops in local areas should be limited to a maximum of—

Mr Coe: When you said "I", did you mean yourself?

MR GENTLEMAN: Yes; that is correct, Mr Coe. At this stage, the variation was signed by me on 12 November 2014. EPD is now preparing the approval variation.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, will further changes be made to draft variation 304 before it is formally approved?

MR GENTLEMAN: I will talk to the directorate and my colleagues on those changes and come back to the member.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Dr Bourke.


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