Page 884 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 22 March 2017

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MS BERRY: We will be talking with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community as well as the elected body and the Ngunnawal elders group, UNEC, to find out what would be the most appropriate place in the city for the housing to be built. Once we have completed those conversations and consulted the community more broadly then we will be able to make a decision about where it would be appropriate for that housing to occur.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, you mentioned housing as a priority, but what culturally appropriate aged-care facilities are planned for our Indigenous elderly, and when will this become available?

MS BERRY: Aged-care provision is a commonwealth-regulated responsibility. In the ACT, however, we have provided culturally appropriate housing for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members through our public housing, and we have committed to do more of that.

Government—clubs policy

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Regulatory Services in his responsibility for gaming and racing regulation.

Mr Barr: Not about penalty rates?

MR WALL: It would be out of order. Minister, in regard to the small clubs assistance package announced at the last minute during the election campaign, how did the government arrive at the $4 million gaming revenue threshold figure to determine what is a small club?

MR RAMSAY: I thank the member for his question. Certainly, the government is well committed to ensuring that there is a range of assistance for small clubs. In that regard, it has been a matter of working strongly with the clubs. We have consulted with them. As part of that broad consultation, we make decisions after good consultation with the community as a whole.

MR WALL: Minister, are clubs such as the Woden Tradies club with 140 gaming machines and just under $4 million in gaming revenue considered to be small clubs?

MR RAMSAY: For the purposes of the assistance package, small and medium clubs are those with less than $4 million of gaming machine revenue.

MR PARTON: Will the minister consider other relief measures such as for the substantial liquor licence fees paid by our local bowls, golf and cultural clubs?

MR RAMSAY: We are looking forward to introducing the support package that we have announced with the election. We will look at the ways in which that package and our ongoing consultations have a positive impact on the community.

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