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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 8 Hansard (11 August) . .

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Mr Coe interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mr Coe!

MR WALL: Chief Minister, do you still support the community gaming model and how is that support consistent with your decision to allow the casino to have poker machines?

MR BARR: The government's position is that the predominance of poker machines in this city will be held in the club sector. Should any club wish to participate in a trading scheme—and some are—then the government is giving consideration—

Opposition members interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Order!

MR BARR: although it has not yet made a final decision, to allowing the casino to participate in the trading scheme. It is my preference that the number of poker machines in this city reduce dramatically and I will look in the coming weeks and months to outline a policy that will see a dramatic reduction in the number of poker machines in this city. The trading scheme is one such mechanism to achieve that because the great thing about the trading scheme is that as machines are traded, licences are extinguished and poker machines are removed for good.

I remind this place and I remind those opposite that when I was Minister for Racing and Gaming I oversaw a reduction in the number of poker machines in this city and I will continue to advocate for that. I am not owned by the club industry, Madam Speaker. I am not taking their money.

Opposition members interjecting

MR BARR: I am not taking the money. I am not taking—

Mr Coe interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Coe, you are on a warning.

MR BARR: I am not going to the board room of ClubsACT offering to run their campaigns like those opposite have been. We know all about that. We know all about the Liberal Party's offer. We know the collusion that is going on. We have seen the ads; that the big gambling houses are lining up with the Liberal Party is no surprise. (Time expired.)

ACT Land Development Agency—land acquisition policy

Opposition members interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Order! I would like to hear Mr Wall.


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