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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 2 Hansard (28 February) . . Page.. 405 ..

Ms Follett: Tell him privately; we all know about it.

MR DE DOMENICO: The interjection from Ms Follett is interesting, because it comes from the same political party that boasts about being interested in business and the same political party that was in power when nearly $4m was raped from the TAB as a result of the actions of a particular Minister who is not interested in some good news.

For Mr Hird's edification and for the edification of members of the Assembly, yes, last Friday the chairman of the TAB and I officially launched FootyTAB in the ACT. FootyTAB is an exciting new product to be offered by the TAB through agreement with the New South Wales TAB. ACTTAB customers will have the opportunity of playing three different forms of FootyTAB: Pick the winner, pick the margin, and pick the score. It is a pity that they could not bet on the election in February last year. The ACTTAB 1995 customer survey provided a clear preference for FootyTAB to be ACTTAB's next product. I believe that this demonstrates that a high level of interest has been developed in rugby league in the Territory. Whether it is Super League or Australian Rugby League is yet to be determined.

As a result of the introduction of FootyTAB, ACTTAB will open a permanent outlet at Bruce Stadium to allow both existing and new customers to access - - -

Mr Hird: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: I would ask you to invoke standing order 61 and address the remarks of interjectors such as Mr Berry. I am trying to hear what is being said.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr De Domenico is answering a question.

MR DE DOMENICO: It is nice to know that Mr Berry is not interested in some positive news about the TAB. What happened here? After asking the punters out there whether they wanted this new product, they said yes. Of course, this Government responds to what the community wants. It was interesting to see what the punters had to say about the VITAB fiasco. Is it any wonder that Mr Berry, in particular, will not talk about the positive things at ACTTAB? FootyTAB is an exciting new product. It means that punters in the ACT will be able to do exactly what punters interstate have been able to do. It will mean extra revenue for the TAB. God knows, they need it.

Waiver of Stamp Duty

MR WOOD: My question is directed to Mrs Carnell. Chief Minister, how many companies have sought waiver of stamp duties for company restructures? Of those, how many have you refused?

MRS CARNELL: I think there has been only one during the time that I have been Chief Minister, but I will certainly get back to you if that answer is not correct. Certainly, you have all of the information through to last November. I think the issue here, the bottom line here, is: How many jobs and how much revenue did Ms Follett get by saying no? The answer is: No revenue and no jobs, and a really bad message out to

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