Page 1621 - Week 06 - Tuesday, 7 May 2013
MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Racing and Gaming. In relation to interstate and overseas betting agencies offering odds on amateur local soccer and AFL games, the government has been on record in the Canberra Times of 16 April 2013 as stating:
... the ACT Government admitted it was powerless to prevent the practice by online bookmakers based interstate and overseas.
Chief Minister, you have also been reported in the Canberra Times of 16 April 2013 as stating that you:
... would not raise the issue with her federal colleagues and declined to comment further.
Minister, is this not an urgent matter for you and your government?
Ms Burch: Madam Speaker, can I just be clear? He started the question to the Minister for Racing and Gaming and then ended it with the Chief Minister. So I—
MADAM SPEAKER: I would have thought that was a slip of the tongue. I thought it was clear that because—
Mr Doszpot: You are absolutely correct. It is to the Minister for Racing and Gaming. I apologise, Chief Minister.
MADAM SPEAKER: Ms Burch, the Minister for Racing and Gaming.
MR CORBELL: Madam Speaker, I will take the question. As I understand it, the question relates to online gambling. Is that correct?
Mr Doszpot: Yes.
MR CORBELL: Online gambling and issues around gambling on sporting matches are matters that the government has agreed, along with all states and territories, to create new offences and criminal law for to protect and in particular to guard against corruption and match fixing in sporting fixtures.
To that end, my directorate is currently developing legislation that will provide for new offences around match fixing associated with gambling on sporting fixtures. That legislation is currently being considered by the government and I anticipate that it will be introduced in the coming months.
MADAM SPEAKER: Before we proceed, could I just clarify why, Mr Corbell, you are answering that question when the question was about gaming and racing?