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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 2 Hansard (17 February) . .

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MR BARR: I do not believe so, but there was obviously some media reporting in relation to issues surrounding the royal commission at that time. The Chief Police Officer sought a meeting with me and that was granted as soon as was possible. That, as I recall, was inside 24 hours.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Chief Minister, who informed you of the issues that arose; and did you instigate the meeting with the CPO or did the Chief Police Officer contact you?

MR BARR: The Chief Police Officer sought a meeting with me.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Chief Minister, are you aware of any other ministerial office or directorate that was aware of the incident or the issues prior to your briefing?

MR BARR: No.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Chief Minister, are you aware of any action taken on this matter by any other ministerial office or directorate prior to your briefing on the 15th?

MR BARR: No.

Trade unions—royal commission

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for Racing and Gaming. Minister, it was reported in the Canberra Times of 31 December 2015 that the trade union royal commission had referred Creative Safety Initiatives and Construction Charitable Works, two associated entities of the ACT CFMEU, to the gaming and racing commission. The royal commissioner asked for a joint investigation with the AFP to investigate the commission of possible criminal offences in relation to the Gaming Machine Act. Minister, has the ACT gaming and racing commission received this reference?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Smyth for his question. The royal commission of course handed in its report, as we all know. I am aware that the federal government has introduced legislation, as I have mentioned before. We have a view that it is important that any illegal activity in any industry is dealt with appropriately. I am not convinced the re-establishment of the ABCC is the best way to do that. But, as I have said, if we receive information of improper actions then we will action that. At this time I have not received a brief in regard to the gaming and racing commission and those matters.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.


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