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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 3 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 4033..


MR QUINLAN

(continuing):

gaming machine revenue, and the level of contributions in each reporting category. The report includes data on both club and hotel gaming machine licensee contributions.

In the reporting period 2002-03 the club industry had a gross gaming machine revenue of $182.5 million, an increase of around 5 per cent on the previous year. After tax and subtracting 15 per cent of gross gaming machine revenue representing clubs' gaming machine operating costs, net gaming machine revenue received by all clubs was calculated at $110.2 million. It is on the net gaming machine revenue figure that clubs are required to pay their mandatory 7 per cent community contributions.

Mr Speaker, the commission's report outlines that the total value of community contributions from clubs in 2002-03 was $15.8 million, a 20.4 per cent increase on last year's contributions of $13.1 million. I might note that maybe the bushfire and bushfire appeals had something to do with that. Of this total, general sport and recreation received $9 million, while the amounts received in other categories were as follows: community infrastructure, $2.77 million; non-profit activities, $2.13 million; welfare safety and social services, $1.3 million; women's sport, $290,000; and charitable organisations, $270,000. Eleven clubs of the 50 reporting entities declared contributions in excess of 20 per cent of net gaming revenue and 36 clubs declared contributions of between 7 and 20 per cent of net gaming machine revenue.

The hotel group had gross gaming machine revenue in 2002-03 of $339,021, an increase of $22,134 on the previous year. The six hotel licensees contributed a total of $53,329 or 15.7 per cent of their gross gaming revenue to community groups. The increase in hotel gaming machine profits in 2002-03 is reflected in the level of contributions of $53,329, which was $26,306 higher than 2001-02.

Mr Speaker, I must point out that the commission's report notes that most gaming licensees made significant contributions in cash and in kind to assist the community during and after the Canberra bushfire crisis. That is very commendable and should be recognised by the Assembly and the broader community.

The commission's report contains comprehensive data on the activity of the gaming machine industry in the ACT. This information will be useful in any debate on future gaming machine operations.

Gambling and Racing Commission-gaming machines

Review-government response

MR QUINLAN

(Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, and Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming) (4.04): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the following paper:

ACT Gambling and Racing Commission-Review of the Gaming Machine Act 1987-Government Response.

I seek leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.


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