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

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MR DOSZPOT: Minister, will you rule out allowing the Tradies to directly or indirectly transfer machines to the casino for a profit?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Doszpot for the supplementary. The trading scheme is in place. It will be up to the clubs and the recipients of such machines through that process. There is no process for me to rule in and out. It is a matter to be established under the trading scheme and it is a well-established practice.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, are you aware of any plans for the Tradies to make a profit from the sale or transfer of their poker machines?


MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, will the government make the details of the transfer public and what negotiations or deals have already taken place?

MR GENTLEMAN: I have not been given any information on deals or negotiations for this transfer, if it goes forward. As I said, it would go forward under the trading schemes in place. That will be reported in due course should such trading opportunity or occurrence happen.

Government—office supplies policy

MR WALL: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, a number of small businesses that currently supply office products, including stationery and cleaning supplies, across government have been informally advised by the directorates that they work with that a directive has been issued to all government directorates that the preferred supplier to use across government agencies and directorates is OfficeMax. OfficeMax is also listed as one of the 579 major corporations that paid no income tax in the 2013-14 financial year in Australia. Chief Minister why has your government chosen this multinational company as a supplier to the ACT government over many locally owned and operated businesses?

MR BARR: They would have won a competitive tendering process.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Why then are local small businesses that have also participated successfully in the competitive tender process being locked out and are you aware that locally owned businesses, should this decision continue, will be forced to close their doors as a result of this change?

MR BARR: The decisions around procurement are not taken by ministers.

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