Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 10 Hansard (Tuesday, 12 September 2017) . . Page.. 3555 ..
organisations working to reduce gambling harm, and the industry, including the clubs sector, as the government takes forward this important work.
MS CODY: Minister, how will the government incorporate the recommendations of the round table into its current framework?
MR RAMSAY: The government will be looking closely at the evidence about our gambling industry, and ways to improve our legislation. The round table will provide the necessary foundation to create enhanced measures. Where there is evidence to support making changes to our laws and our policies, we will take action. We have a track record of taking action quickly and effectively. An example of this is our work on EFTPOS limitations. In August this government introduced and the Assembly passed legislation to restrict cash withdrawals from EFTPOS—
Opposition members interjecting—
Ms Cody: Madam Speaker—
MADAM SPEAKER: Minister, resume your seat. Ms Cody, is there a point of order?
Ms Cody: A point of order. I am finding it very difficult to hear Mr Ramsay’s response, as I have all day today. The opposition have been ridiculously noisy.
Ms Lawder interjecting—
MADAM SPEAKER: Ms Lawder, I think you were interjecting then, so I will ask you to be quiet. There is a recurrent, an eternal, request for you, Mr Hanson. Minister, do you want to resume, with some level of silence, in the 59 seconds you have?
MR RAMSAY: We can hope that there will be a level of silence. That legislation was a direct response to the concerns raised earlier this year. The round table was established by the government to support a broad harm minimisation agenda by focusing on the regulation of gaming at clubs. The people who will attend the round table will bring industry, community and expert viewpoints. The process will give us an evidence base for taking action.
It is important to recognise that this round table’s findings are part of a range of consultation, investigation and reform processes. As you are aware, Madam Speaker, my directorate is currently circulating a paper on options to reduce the number of electronic gaming machine authorisations to 4,000. I anticipate ongoing consultation and action in this area as we continue to address the issue together. We are seeking community views on mandatory pre-commitments and bet limits on gaming machines at the Canberra Casino. This is a government that acts and will continue to do so.
Mr Barr: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.