Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 12 Hansard (Tuesday, 24 October 2017) . . Page.. 4221 ..
MR RAMSAY: As I was saying, I have the utmost confidence in the Gambling and Racing Commission, but I also request that if members of the public in the ACT have concerns in relation to any matters around gambling, especially in relation to poker machines, they send those through to the Gambling and Racing Commission.
MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, will the ACT government undertake an investigation into the operations of pokie machines in the ACT in light of these allegations and if not, why not?
MR RAMSAY: I thank Ms Le Couteur for the supplementary question. As I say, the Gambling and Racing Commission regularly monitors the gambling that occurs here including in relation to electronic gaming machines in clubs, and we will continue to do that. I commend the Gambling and Racing Commission’s work.
Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate—governance
MS LAWDER: My question is to the Chief Minister and Minister for Economic Development. Minister, you are quoted in the Canberra Times of 28 September as saying that the LDA failed because of the “prevailing culture” of the development industry. The former CEO of the LDA was also head of the economic development directorate. Minister, were there cultural issues at the economic development directorate as well? If so, why did you allow the culture of your directorate to deteriorate?
MR BARR: No, Madam Speaker.
MS LAWDER: Minister, what responsibility do you accept for the governance failures in the LDA and the economic development directorate?
MR BARR: The government has responded to the issues raised by the Auditor-General.
MR COE: Chief Minister, what responsibility do you have as the responsible minister and as Chief Minister for ensuring that your agencies have appropriate governance structures in place?
MR BARR: The relative and respective responsibilities are outlined in the Public Sector Management Act.
MR PARTON: My question is to the Chief Minister and Treasurer. Chief Minister, in 2012 the ACT government rejected a proposal by a dissenting member of the taxation review who recommended that poker machines be allowed into the Canberra casino. Why has your government reversed the 2012 decision by the Gallagher government not to allow poker machines in the casino?