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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 6 Hansard (7 June) . .

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MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, are women being discharged sooner than is desirable because of a shortage of beds?

MR CORBELL: No.

Gaming—poker machines

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Racing and Gaming and relates to the community gaming model, the casino and poker machines at the casino. Minister, will the government table legislation to allow poker machines in the casino in this term of the government?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Lawder for her question. It is not appropriate for me to foreshadow legislation that is going to be tabled in the future. We are working with the club industry on this program to ensure that they get the best support during this process. Of course, as you have seen in the media, we are working with the casino proponents as well on their proposition.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, why are you breaking the MOU that your government has with ClubsACT?

MR GENTLEMAN: We are not breaking the MOU. The MOU is in place this year, and we are sticking by the conditions of that MOU. It will be up for renewal at its defining point.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, has the government done a social impact study on the effect of 200 gaming machines in the casino on the surrounding community?

MR GENTLEMAN: Some studies have been done. I have not received briefs on those studies as yet but I am happy to provide that information as soon as it comes to hand.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, has the government done a business impact study on the effect of 200 poker machines in the casino on the surrounding clubs? If so, will you table that report?

MR GENTLEMAN: I have not been provided with any brief on a study in that respect. I can advise the Assembly that if and when it does come forward, I would be happy to provide that information.


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