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territory. It will examine evidence about the effectiveness of different harm minimisation measures and practical issues with implementation. I am confident that this round table will help shape the future direction of gambling harm reduction in the ACT.

MS ORR: Minister, how will the community’s expectations and views be represented at the round table?

MR RAMSAY: Canberrans have made it particularly clear that they expect this government to treat harm minimisation as a priority and to deliver robust and effective reforms. Problem gambling has devastating consequences for individuals, for families and for the community. Courageous individuals, including Professor Laurie Brown, have come forward and shared detailed and personal accounts of the effects of problem gambling. Their examples show us why it is critical to keep working towards a stronger harm minimisation framework.

The round table will bring together industry knowledge, expertise in harm minimisation, and community views on gambling harm. It has been structured to ensure that the group focuses on meeting our community’s demand for better harm minimisation and that the viewpoints and the expertise necessary to achieve results are there.

Representatives of the clubs sector, including Canberra Community Clubs, Clubs ACT and the independent clubs, will be attending. Community groups, including organisations that assist people and families affected by problem gambling, and gambling reform advocates, will be there. There will be academic experts in harm minimisation to provide knowledge of the latest evidence and research. Most importantly, individuals with lived experience of problem gambling will be attending and sharing their experiences and viewpoints. The government will continue to encourage—

Mrs Dunne: You’ve got lived experience of problem gambling. It’s how you get into government.

Mr Hanson: You’re addicted to the pokie money, aren’t you?

Ms Orr: Point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: I am about to call Mr Hanson and Mrs Dunne to order. The interjections continue; the volume goes up. Enough is enough. I cannot hear the minister responding. Even though there are only 23 seconds left, I expect that he be able to be heard. Do you have anything to add, Ms Orr?

Ms Orr: No, Madam Speaker.


MR RAMSAY: The government will continue to welcome and to encourage the engagement of those who are directly affected by gambling harm, as well as

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