Page 3833 - Week 12 - Thursday, 24 October 2013

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MS BURCH: Without having the transcript or having the audio of what Mr Smyth is referring to, I tabled this morning some amendments to the gaming and racing act around red tape reduction. Currently, when a club renews or replaces—because we have a cap; we have an aim of reducing the number of machines—or buys a new machine, there have been two processes. One has been around approval of the machine, which is within the commission, and the other is around the financial arrangements for the machines. The red tape task force of the clubs—

Mr Hanson: When you have the millions rolling in, who cares?


MS BURCH: If you have an interest in the answer—has identified simplifying that process, given that the approval around the financial arrangements around the machines is covered and accounted for elsewhere in the act by the Gambling and Racing Commission. If you looked to the amendments that I tabled this morning and the explanatory statement, Mr Smyth, you would understand that.

Mr Coe: A point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Do you have a point of order, Mr Coe?

Mr Coe: Yes, I do, Madam Speaker. The question was: when was the policy changed so that poker machines could be bought and sold? That was in reference to the comments that were attributed to the minister. She has not yet addressed those comments that she made.

MADAM SPEAKER: I uphold the point of order. I had written down essentially what Mr Smyth had said: when did the policy change? I have not actually heard anything, a minute and a half into the answer, about when the policy changed. Could I ask you to be directly relevant.

MS BURCH: I have been relevant because I have come in here this morning and tabled amendments around reducing red tape and simplifying the process when they require a new machine. If something falls down and breaks, it goes kaput, and they want to get another machine in to replace that, they acquire a new machine. And the processes—

Mr Coe interjecting—

MS BURCH: “Acquiring”—you have to buy something to acquire it, for God’s sake.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, why did you state on air that these changes “will make it easier to get one” in relation to poker machines?

MS BURCH: I refer Mr Smyth to the amendments that were tabled this morning.

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