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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 12 Hansard (Tuesday, 24 October 2017) . . Page.. 4220 ..

Block 24 Section 65”. This is, of course, the block subsequently acquired by the LDA. In the public accounts committee on 27 September this year you said that you may have confused this block with another block in the area. Minister, why did you sign a document that says that Acquis has rights to block 24 section 65?

MR BARR: It does not have rights to that block.

MR COE: Chief Minister, why did sign a document that said that Aquis has rights to block 24 section 65? Why did the brief draw particular attention to this fact?

MR BARR: The brief asked for noting. As I indicated in my response in the committee, there is an adjacent block that is in exactly the same section that the casino has rights over. As indicated, I was asked to note a brief; not to approve any rights. No rights exist.

Mr Coe: Double tick!

MR BARR: My double tick was on consultation.

MS LAWDER: Chief Minister, why were you confused?

MR BARR: Within that block and section, there are a number of different blocks, one of which the casino has rights over. That is the block immediately behind the National Convention Centre that is adjacent to the current casino building but not immediately obvious to most people that it is under the casino lease.

Gaming—poker machines

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Minister for Regulatory Services and relates to recent allegations of tampering with poker machines and illegal operations in the pokies industry in Victoria. Minister, has the ACT government received any allegations of poker machine tampering, including removing betting options, shaving down buttons to allow continuous play or manipulating return rates for players, occurring in the ACT?

MR RAMSAY: I thank Ms Le Couteur for her question and for her interest in the area of gambling and gambling reform. To my understanding, no, we have not received any such allegations, but we are certainly monitoring what is happening in the Victorian situation and will continue to do so. I have the utmost confidence in the Gambling and Racing Commission and the ongoing monitoring—

Opposition members interjecting

Ms Le Couteur: A point of order, Madam Speaker, I cannot hear a word the minister is saying. It is two against one and I just cannot hear anything.

MADAM SPEAKER: I remind members that it would be nice to have question time with a little bit of animation but not a complete bloc of noise coming from those opposite. Minister, you have the floor, and the clock is starting.

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