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Mr Corbell: My understanding was that the question was about matters arising from online gambling and also issues around match fixing associated with online gambling. Those are matters that fall within my responsibility as Attorney-General when it comes to the criminal law.
MADAM SPEAKER: Sorry, I am really genuinely trying to understand the demarcation between your responsibilities and Minister Burch’s. I understood the question to be about, yes, online gambling, but the minister for gaming is not responsible for online gambling?
Mr Corbell: Madam Speaker, if there has been some confusion, the question was quite a long question but my understanding was that it related to issues around match fixing and online gambling. I apologise—
MADAM SPEAKER: And you are the minister responsible for online gambling?
Mr Corbell: I am the minister responsible for offences that are established that deal with match fixing. In relation to the issue of online gambling, I suggest to you, Madam Speaker, that the issue of online gambling is not regulated by the states and territories. It is regulated by the commonwealth.
MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you for that clarification. Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.
MR DOSZPOT: Minister—I seek your clarification on this, Madam Speaker.
MADAM SPEAKER: I think you should address your questions to Mr Corbell.
MR DOSZPOT: Minister, since issuing the statement on 16 April, what actions have you taken to further raise the urgency of this matter with your interstate and federal counterparts?
Mr Corbell: It is now a different question, Madam Speaker, so I will defer to my colleague.
MS BURCH: I do apologise. The matter of online gambling sits with the Attorney-General. As he has explained, it is a federal responsibility. Stephen Conroy, as the minister for communication, manages that. The comment was made in reference to a racing ministers minco that was held in Sydney a week or so ago. It was actually discussed in a broad range of matters around gaming and racing. The racing ministers determined to write to Senator Conroy and raise their concerns.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth, if you can work out who to direct the question to.
MR SMYTH: I am not sure which one will answer but—
Mr Barr interjecting—