Page 4751 - Week 11 - Thursday, 20 October 2011

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MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, are you aware of other industries where ACT workers have the lowest pay in the country and where the government is the major employer?

MS GALLAGHER: No, I am not. I am not aware of any example. I find it hard to believe that the security industry are the lowest paid in Australia here, but I will take some further advice on that as well.

Sports Alive—inquiry

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for Economic Development and gaming and racing. Minister, in August 2011 the ACT registered online betting company Sports Alive was placed into voluntary liquidation. I have received a number of representations about the consequences of that collapse. I understand the ACT racing and gaming commission is conducting an inquiry into this matter. Minister, what is the status of the inquiry into the collapse of Sports Alive which is being undertaken by the commission?

MR BARR: I thank Mr Smyth for the question. I understand that his office has approached mine and sought some detailed briefings in relation to this matter, which I understand have been facilitated. The latest advice I have is that the inquiry is still ongoing.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, what are the terms of reference for the commission’s inquiry? Will you release these terms of reference and when will the commission’s inquiry be completed?

MR BARR: I will need to seek some advice on the latter parts of the question from the commission, as obviously this inquiry is being undertaken at arm’s length from government.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, a supplementary.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, when did you first become aware of the problems being experienced by Sports Alive, and what action, if any, did you take at the time?

MR BARR: There were a number of media reports, and I sought some advice from the commission, who have regulatory responsibility in relation to the matter.

Mr Doszpot: I asked a specific question of the minister: when did he become aware of the problems being experienced?

MR SPEAKER: Minister, do you wish to add anything further?

MR BARR: Is this another supplementary question?

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot is seeking clarification of the answer.

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