Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 6 Hansard (5 June) . . Page.. 1996 ..
The Assembly voted—
Ayes 13: Mr Barr Ms J Burch Ms Cheyne Ms Cody Ms Fitzharris Mr Gentleman Ms Le Couteur Ms Orr Mr Pettersson Mr Ramsay Mr Rattenbury Mr Steel Ms Stephen-Smith
Noes 10: Miss C Burch Mr Coe Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mrs Kikkert Ms Lawder Ms Lee Mr Milligan Mr Parton Mr Wall
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Bill agreed to in principle.
Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.
Bill agreed to.
Casino and Other Gaming Legislation Amendment Bill 2018
Debate resumed from 10 May 2018, on motion by Mr Ramsay:
That this bill be agreed to in principle.
MR PARTON (Brindabella) (11.48): Wow, the casino and poker machines: what a mess, what a mess, what a complete and utter shambles. Haven't we come a long way since the days that Aquis made a glittering presentation on what the casino precinct was going to look like as they built hotels, retail and restaurants to transform the city?
In actual fact, Mr Assistant Speaker, we have not come a long way at all. Nothing has happened. I seriously doubt that it ever well. If you thought that the minister was struggling to make a decision on anything in this space, this bill indicates that you would be right. Despite having the Gambling and Racing Commission and despite all of the ministerial staff and directorate staff that surround him, the minister feels the need to appoint more people to make decisions that he is not capable of making himself. This bill represents another instalment in the saga of granting the casino access to poker machines and automated table gaming machines.
Back in 2015 the Chief Minister opened the door to the possibility of poker machines in the casino. With a grimace, Greens members had to quietly look the other way. The Chief Minister's idea stopped, started, stalled and rerouted over the months. Then years after originally leading the conversation, Aquis were completely left out of it, which well and truly quelled their enthusiasm.
History shows that our Greens colleagues eventually got partial retribution by using the parliamentary agreement to force a reduction in poker machine numbers from around 5,000 back then to 4,000 by 2020, which is a tale in itself. And this would