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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (24 October) . . Page.. 4167 ..


MR BARR: Those opposite can continue to catcall, but we will point to the fact that there are actual tangible outcomes being delivered now, and that is considerable progress on what has occurred in the past. We will get on with the work because it is a good outcome for Canberra, it is a good outcome for that precinct and it certainly reflects a priority of the government to ensure that we get on with the delivery of these important works. (Time expired.)

Clubs—proposed diversification support fund

MR PARTON: My question is to the Minister for Business and Regulatory Services. Minister, last week you spoke about the government's decision to establish the diversification support fund in the clubs space. Minister, when will the fund be established?

MR RAMSAY: I thank Mr Parton for the question. The fund will be established through legislation that I will be introducing into the Assembly in the near future as we try to ensure that our clubs are enabled and empowered to support the community, as is their proper calling and their proper purpose.

What we have announced is that we will be providing that support to clubs to be able to move away from a reliance on electronic gaming machine revenue. We will be seeking to support the clubs themselves and, obviously, the clubs' workers. As we move through that time of change, that will require legislation. That will come through at an appropriate time in the business of the Assembly.

MR PARTON: Minister, will appointments to the governing board of the fund be referred to an Assembly committee?

MR RAMSAY: That will be a matter that will be contained in the legislation.

MR WALL: Minister, will membership of the governing board be remunerated positions?

MR RAMSAY: That is a matter that we will announce in the future and in relation to the legislation that we will introduce in the fullness of time.

Clubs—proposed diversification support fund

MR WALL: My question is also to the Minister Business and Regulatory Services. United Voice have written to a number of clubs in the ACT requesting access to conduct a survey among staff on shift this week stating:

United Voice will be on the governing board of the Diversification Support Fund as part of the government's gaming machine policy.

Minister, are United Voice acting in their capacity as a board member of the diversification support fund or are their actions independent of government?


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