Page 3700 - Week 12 - Wednesday, 28 October 2015

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Mr Doszpot: Another mislead from Joy.

Dr Bourke: Point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Do you have a point of order?

Dr Bourke: Yes, I do, Madam Speaker. I just heard Mr Doszpot interject that Ms Burch was misleading.

MADAM SPEAKER: Did you use the word “mislead”?

Mr Doszpot: That is not quite right. I used the words, “Another mislead from Joy.”

MADAM SPEAKER: Can you withdraw, please, Mr Doszpot?

Mr Doszpot: I withdraw.

MS BURCH: I have concluded my comments, Madam Speaker. I was coming to the last sentence when Dr Bourke took the point of order. Again I will say that, given the commitments I have extracted from Tatts and the time restrictions already in place, I believe it is now up to Mr Wall to do the further work required before bringing amendments back to the Assembly.

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (10.16): As Mr Wall has outlined, the intent of his bill is to constrain the venues where Tatts lottery products can be sold in the ACT. The bill was drafted in response to the public announcement on 20 August this year that NSW Lotteries had entered into franchise agreements with five ACT-based Woolworths petrol outlets to sell Tatts lottery products. In his media release of 26 August Mr Wall said:

The primary intention of this legislation is to ensure newsagents and other small businesses remain the primary point of sale for lottery products.

The news of these franchise agreements was received with significant concern by many of the 43 existing Tatts lottery retailers in the ACT, the majority of which are local newsagents and all of which are small businesses. Representatives of the Newsagents Association of NSW & ACT have met with all parties in the Assembly to raise their concerns.

Members may recall that similar legislation to prevent the sale of lottery products from petrol stations was enacted in Queensland. I understand that Mr Wall has used that as a basis for his legislation here in the ACT.

In response to the Tatts-Woolies franchise announcement Minister Burch, as she noted in her remarks, moved to limit the hours of sale of lottery products to between 5 am and 9 pm every day. This is designed to address concerns that lottery products were going to be available for sale 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I certainly welcome that amended regulation as a starting point.

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