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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (19 June) . . Page.. 2230..

Gambling-automatic teller machines

(Question No 736)

Mr Stefaniak

asked the Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming, upon notice:

In relation to Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) in clubs:

(1) How many clubs and pubs in the ACT, with poker machines, have ATMs on the premises;

(2) How many of these ATMs are owned by the National Australia Bank;

(3) Has the Government received any evidence to show that problem gamblers are the 'majority' users of ATMs in establishments with poker machines;

(4) Does the Government agree with an approach to remove ATMs from establishments in the ACT that have poker machines, if so, why, if not, why not.

Mr Quinlan

: The answer to the members' question is as follows:

(1) The Government does not keep statistics on ATMs installed by gaming machine licensees. Whilst the Gaming Machine Act 1987 prohibits the installation of ATMs in the defined gaming areas of each licensed venue, I have been advised that the records kept by the Gambling and Racing Commission do not indicate which venues have ATMs located on their premises. I understand that the Commission's audit program ensures that ATMs are not located in the approved gaming areas but does not involve checking on whether an ATM is located elsewhere in the venue.

(2) This information is not recorded by Government, see answer to part 1.

(3) Some research into gambling and problem gambling has addressed the question of ATMs in licensed gaming machine venues. I refer you particularly to the Productivity Commission's 1999 Australian Gambling Industries National Survey (section 15.50) and the Australian Institute for Gambling Research 2001 Survey of the Nature and Extent of Gambling and Problem Gambling in the ACT (pages 122-3).

(4) The Government is currently considering the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission's report on the review of the Gaming Machine Act 1987. This report, and the recommendations that form part of it, address the question of ATMs in licensed gaming machine venues.

Manuka Oval

(Question No 737)

Mr Stefaniak

asked the Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming, upon notice, on

18 June 2003:

In relation to the Swans versus Kangaroos match at Manuka Oval on 25 May 2003:

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