Page 1696 - Week 05 - Thursday, 11 May 2017

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MR RAMSAY: Certainly the government is committed to ensuring the ongoing viability of clubs and, as we were talking about earlier today, acknowledges the importance of enabling clubs to be able to diversify their business away from gaming machines. The government has announced that it will be implementing a range of measures to assist small and medium clubs, and those clubs are those which have less than $4 million of gross gaming machine revenue. That will mean they will be able to reinvest that in their organisation to be able to diversify their business. It is a matter of us working closely and positively with those clubs to enable them to diversify and work positively into the future.

MR PARTON: Minister, why isn’t revenue from the Tradies club group’s total revenue taken as a whole when applying that $4 million threshold?

MR RAMSAY: The way that the process is working depends on the way that the clubs—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MR RAMSAY: The way the clubs are affiliated, their legal structure. It is simply a matter of working within that.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Thank you, Madam Speaker. Minister—

Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Wall, please resume your seat. Mr Coe and Mr Hanson, can you refrain from your own internal jolliness among yourselves and from interjections. Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Thank you, Madam Speaker. Minister, how will your government monitor that these tax breaks are actually being used to help clubs to diversify their incomes away from poker machines?

MR RAMSAY: Thank you, Mr Wall. The government is working through at the moment the way in which the supporting clubs package—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MR WALL: will be providing financial assistance, easing the regulatory administrative burden, providing administrative assistance and recognising the social contributions—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, please allow one question to be answered without us hearing your voice. Minister for Regulatory Services.

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