Page 3889 - Week 11 - Tuesday, 19 September 2017

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affected by the ending of the racing industry, is that they make contact with the task force. The event that was held today is one thing that is occurring in the consultation. There will be others. I note that Mr Parton has also put on his social media site that if people are affected and want support, they should contact him.

Mr Coe: A point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Yes, a point of order?

Mr Coe: It is on whether the minister is being directly relevant. The question was: how many industry participants attended this meeting? To date, I do not think the minister has actually responded.

MADAM SPEAKER: The minister has 40 seconds left and he has made reference to meetings and multiple opportunities. So you may be directly relevant to that, if you can, minister.

MR RAMSAY: Indeed; thank you, Madam Speaker. As I was saying, my encouragement to Mr Parton, as people contact him, is that, in good faith, he would send those—

Mrs Jones: How many came forward?

Mr Coe: How many?

MR RAMSAY: Given that the meeting was scheduled to occur at 1.30 today, I will take on notice the details of the number of people from various places who were in attendance.

MR PARTON: Minister, was this meeting deliberately scheduled for a time inconvenient for industry members or was it an oversight by you and your team?

MR RAMSAY: No and no.

MR COE: Minister, why is it that you and your colleagues have consistently refused to attend the track to understand how the club and the industry work?

MR RAMSAY: I thank Mr Coe for his question, flawed as it is. We have not been consistently refusing to attend. I was invited to attend the meeting on this past weekend—

Mr Parton: Did you have something else on?

MR RAMSAY: Yes, indeed, I did have something else on. I was interstate for a family wedding as it turns out. I did pass on my—

Mr Coe: It’s every Sunday night; you know this.


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