Page 200 - Week 01 - Wednesday, 15 February 2012

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This is great news for our ambulance service, keeping the ambulance service strong for the ACT community.

Ms Gallagher: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Rostered ministers question time

Minister for Gaming and Racing


MR SMYTH: What is the status of ACCTAB as a going concern operated by the ACT government?

MS BURCH: The question about the operations of ACTTAB should be directed to the Treasurer. However, I am happy to inform members that on 16 December last year the Treasurer advised the public accounts committee that the government would review the future ownership of ACTTAB and that no decision would be taken before the end of this year.

MR SMYTH: Minister, what does the government intend to do with ACTTAB, in light of changes to the various pools in which it participates?

MS BURCH: The financial operation of ACTTAB is the responsibility, as I understand it, of the Treasurer under the TOC Act. But as I have indicated, this government has an interest in ACTTAB, its place in the ACT community, but also in understanding its viability in the broader gaming environment.

Gaming machines—policy

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot.

Mr Hargreaves: Mr Speaker, on a point of order, I would like your ruling with respect to Mr Doszpot’s question. I have before me a copy of the actual letter submitted for rostered ministers question time. The first paragraph says that Mr Doszpot would like to ask the following question, on 15 February 2012, of the Minister for Industrial Relations. The rostered questions actually pertain to the minister for gaming. It is not the Minister for Industrial Relations. I suggest this is because the template from yesterday had been brought forward. It does not really cut it for me. This is a rostered question for the minister for gaming. I would ask you to rule this question out or would you, in ruling it in, therefore reward incompetence?

Mr Smyth: Further to the question, how is it that letters to the Speaker’s office are in the possession of Mr Hargreaves?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, we will come to that in a moment. On the point of order, I intend to apply what in legal circles is called the slip rule. I do not believe that the error in Mr Doszpot’s question is fundamental. I think that the question itself is perfectly in order and I intend to allow the question to proceed.

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