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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Wednesday, 2 December 2020) . . Page.. 77 ..

I can advise Ms Clay that the government, as part of its responsible investment framework, will be reviewing those remaining exposures, as minimal as they are.

MR BRADDOCK: Chief Minister, how does the government assess climate exposure when awarding contracts?

MR BARR: Through the procurement framework that I referred to in my answer to the first question.

Government—clubs policy

MR PARTON: My question is to the Minister for Gaming. Minister, in regard to community clubs, section E7 of your parliamentary agreement with Labor mentions things like a “just transition for workers”, “transferred employment”, “retraining for employment in new jobs” and “worker entitlements secure in business transfer or winding up”. Does the use of these terms indicate that clubs will close as a result of your policy program?

MR RATTENBURY: Far from it. The whole point of the platform that I announced during the election, and part of the negotiations we had with the Labor Party post the election, is that our intention is to, in fact, create a secure future for our clubs. I want the clubs to be viable, not just next year but in a decade’s time and two decades time. They are an important part of our community.

My great reservation with them has always been—and I have always been very clear about this—their over-reliance on gaming revenue and particularly the negative impact that that reliance on gaming revenue can have for those in our community who struggle with problem gambling. I have always been very clear in all my public comments that I see the clubs as an important part of this community.

Certainly in my time as gaming minister I intend to work closely with the clubs and talk to them about what the future looks like and how they intend to ensure that they have a diversified revenue base, going forward, so that they remain a social hub in our community and, in some ways, they get back to being community clubs again, not just poker machine venues.

MR PARTON: Minister, why does the parliamentary agreement have the clause 7 provisions that specifically mention business transfer or business winding up if clubs will not be forced to close due to your policies?

MR RATTENBURY: I can be very clear: we are not intending to force any club to close. Some clubs are already struggling, and that is for a range of reasons. That is why I am very focused on thinking about what a sustainable future looks like for the clubs. The points made in the parliamentary agreement are very clear, because this government wants to make sure that workers are looked after. We have been very explicit about that in the parliamentary agreement. The important part of the discussions with the clubs is thinking about what roles staff have in any transitions that may need to occur.

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