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Of this, over $6.27 million was donated to the ALP from gambling-related groups owned by the Labor Party itself.
A further $6.48 million was transferred between ALP-owned associated entities.
“Associated entity” means any organisation controlled by or acting for the benefit of a political party.
Chief Minister, how much poker machine revenue from the Labor Clubs has been provided to the ACT Labor Party since you have been Treasurer or Chief Minister?
MR BARR: I believe none. I do not think we have taken any donations from those sources since 2012. I will double-check that. Clearly, we moved out of receiving support in terms of cash donations from clubs. We receive in-kind donations. The Labor Party does have policy committee and sub-branch meetings in various licensed clubs, so they are declared as an in-kind donation. I note that the Liberal Party continues to receive money from licensed clubs as well, which, presumably, are gambling sources under your definition of them, Mr Parton.
Mr Hanson: Not $6 million of them.
MADAM SPEAKER: Members!
MR BARR: But we made a conscious decision to move away from that. What I will say, Madam Speaker, is that all of the sources of our funding are declared and transparent, unlike the sort of money that flows to the Liberal Party.
Ms Lee: What? Don’t make unsubstantiated claims like that.
MADAM SPEAKER: Ms Lee, that is enough.
MR PARTON: Chief Minister, how much poker machine revenue has been provided to the ACT Labor Party through associated entities, including the 1973 Foundation, since you have been Treasurer or Chief Minister?
MR BARR: The 1973 Foundation is indeed an investment vehicle. It invests in profit, principally.
Mr Parton: That’s not the way the ABC saw it.
MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Parton.
MR BARR: Not that different, as I understand it, from the funding sources received by the Canberra Liberals. We have moved away from money from the Canberra Labor Club. We now receive a portion of our funding through the 1973 Foundation, which has invested in non-gambling sources.