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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 8 Hansard (9 August) . .

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through regulatory frameworks. That is the whole point of the exercise: simpler, faster and more effective regulation, ensuring that customer needs are put first. This is not about the inputs. It is about the outcomes and that is exactly what we are focusing on.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Chief Minister, why is the gaming and racing commission now reporting to you rather than the minister for gaming and racing?

MR BARR: There are two functions associated with this work: the regulatory side, which is consolidated within Access Canberra, which even Ms Lawder should be able to understand; and then the policy framework, which sits with the Minister for Racing and Gaming. We have been through this. I have been asked this question in this place by other members, and Ms Lawder has sat through numerous committee hearings where these issues have been discussed. This is hardly a new issue or a new question. Regulatory functions and policy functions have been split in the creation of Access Canberra to consolidate all regulatory functions in one agency.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Chief Minister, have you discussed changes to the Gambling and Racing Commission in any of the various meetings that you have held with Aquis?

MR BARR: No.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Are you confident that the Gambling and Racing Commission can meet all the government's responsibilities with significantly fewer staff?

MR BARR: Yes.

Gaming—poker machines

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Racing and Gaming. Minister, will you rule out allowing poker machines in the casino?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Doszpot for his question. As you know, Madam Speaker, the government is going through a process now with a request from the casino to have poker machines at that establishment. The government has responded to that request and said that they would be allowed to have a number of poker machines in that establishment as long as they purchase from the clubs. The government supports the community gaming model which says that we want to reduce poker machines overall in the territory. This would be a reduction in poker machines overall if it were to go ahead.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.


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