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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 10 Hansard (Wednesday, 13 September 2017) . . Page.. 3641 ..


model, to ensure their viability and then to continue to work with them to consider their need for future funding within the context of our move towards a restorative city.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, will the government now update the Access Canberra website, which assures Canberrans that the CRS provides “alternative dispute resolution services for the ACT with no waiting lists”?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I can assure the Assembly that CRS does continue to provide dispute resolution services. It received more than $630,000 in this financial year to continue its work of general family and dispute resolution, resolving neighbourhood disputes and mediation between young people and their families when young people are at risk of homelessness. That is what it has been funded to do. That is what it is continuing to do. The Community Services Directorate has continued to work with CRS to ensure that they are able to provide those kinds of dispute resolution services to people who are in need, to the most needy, in our community.

Government—gambling harm minimisation

MR PARTON: My question is to the Minister for Regulatory Services, in the gaming and racing space. Minister, the federal Minister for Human Services, Alan Tudge, said earlier this month:

Online gambling is growing faster than any other form of gambling and the incidences of problem gambling is [sic] higher. The gambling problems of the future will all come from the online space …

Minister, you are hosting a gambling harm minimisation round table this week. If this is really about minimising gambling harm, why are you completely ignoring the fastest growing form of gambling addiction?

MR RAMSAY: I thank Mr Parton for his question. I am surprised in some ways that he does not follow all the things that are going on in the area of gambling and gambling reform. One of the things that I was doing most recently, just last week, was gathering with the gambling ministers, as we are called, down in Melbourne, and continuing the ongoing reform to which Minister Tudge referred. I was particularly pleased to be able to be part of the group that is working around the areas of precommitment, advertising and gambling reform messaging and a whole range of national principles that we are looking to have in place by the end of—

Mr Parton: A point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Minister, please resume your seat. A point of order?

Mr Parton: The question specifically related to the gambling harm minimisation round table and its not addressing this form of addiction.

MADAM SPEAKER: I will let the minister continue. He has a minute to go. I should have stopped the clock.


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