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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 27 November 2014) . . Page.. 4215 ..

The commission report outlines that the total value of community contributions from clubs in 2013-14 was $12.7 million. This is a slight decrease from the previous $12.8 million. In 2013-14 the club industry had a net gaming machine revenue totalling $95.8 million. It had decreased by 3.7 per cent. Community contribution as a proportion of the net gaming machine revenue was 13.3 per cent in 2013-14, higher than the 12.9 per cent provided in 2012-13. And again we see well above the eight per cent minimum contribution level required.

As in previous years, the level of contributions to the sport and recreation category consistently and significantly outweighs the level of contributions in other categories, and in 2013-14 sport and recreation received in excess of $8.2 million, over 64 per cent of the contributions. Overall, given the decrease in net gaming revenue, the fact that clubs on average have broadly maintained their level of contributions to the community should be applauded.

I table for the information of members the 2013 report on community contributions by gaming machine licensees as prepared by the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission.

Unparliamentary language

Statement by Assistant Speaker

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Dr Bourke): Before we proceed to the MPI, members, I wish to make a ruling concerning comments made by Mr Corbell yesterday. During a ruling I was giving about comments made by Mr Smyth yesterday, which I considered to be a reflection on the chair, Mr Corbell made the following comment:

I would say that Mr Smyth is playing games here, Mr Assistant Speaker, and is deliberately and wilfully ignoring the authority of the chair.

Mrs Dunne then took a point of order, claiming that Mr Corbell reflected upon the character of Mr Smyth by saying that he was tricky, although Mrs Dunne could not recall the exact words.

I have reviewed the Hansard proof transcript and, having considered the matter, I do not consider that the words used were offensive or disorderly.


Discussion of matter of public importance

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Dr Bourke): Madam Speaker has received letters from Ms Berry, Dr Bourke Mr Doszpot, Mr Hanson, Mrs Jones, Ms Porter and Mr Smyth proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, Madam Speaker has determined that the matter proposed by Ms Porter be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

The importance of having a strong infrastructure program in the ACT.

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