Page 4107 - Week 13 - Thursday, 31 October 2013
MS BURCH: Certainly in my time we have not considered a disadvantage because the model is as it is. There is no appetite to introduce poker machines in the casino. I have had those conversations with them. They regularly raise this as a matter that they think is important for them, but the model has always been with community clubs.
In reference to—it is almost like a gaming machine. There is a little snide comment in there about the Labor club. I also would say that Vikings, Southern Cross, Ainslie—(Time expired.)
MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Smyth.
MR SMYTH: Minister, do you have a conflict of interest with poker machine policy, given your party’s own poker machines?
MS BURCH: No.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.
MR SMYTH: Minister, why is Casino Canberra at a competitive disadvantage compared to casinos elsewhere in Australia?
MS BURCH: Again, I go back to the model that we have here, which is that, with community—
Mr Smyth: The question is all about the model.
MS BURCH: It is, Mr Smyth. I note the interjection and I will note every time there is an interjection from across the floor. The model here is very clear. When the casino licence was given, they knew the model in which they were operating.
MR COE: My question is to the minister for gaming and racing. Minister, does the Labor Party have a direct financial interest in poker machines?
Mr Corbell: On a point of order, can you ask a question of the minister for gaming and racing in relation to a matter that is about the Australian Labor Party?
MADAM SPEAKER: Could I ask Mr Coe to read the question for me again, please?
MR COE: Yes. The question, as I read it, was: my question is to the minister for gaming and racing. Does the Labor Party have a direct financial interest in poker machines? In support of this question to the minister for gaming and racing, who is responsible for the regulation of poker machines, I think it is quite reasonable that she be across the relative arrangements that the operators of gaming machines have.
Mr Corbell: On the point of order—
MADAM SPEAKER: I will hear your submission on the point of order, Mr Corbell.