Page 4943 - Week 13 - Thursday, 2 November 2017

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MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (4.07): Mr Coe gave no warning to the government of this amendment. I heard through Ms Le Couteur that there might be something coming. This is different from the conversation that Ms Le Couteur and I had about 15 minutes ago. So it is not—

Mr Coe: No, it is not.

MR BARR: You do not know. You were not even here for the discussion that I had with Ms Le Couteur, so do not tell me about that, Mr Coe. I know about that conversation.

In relation to this, I do not have a problem with bringing forward the reporting back to the Assembly by a few weeks to June 2018. But, as I have discussed with Ms Le Couteur, and we are of one mind in relation to this, the government will not be supporting the second and third parts of Mr Coe’s amendment.

If Mr Coe seeks leave to split his amendments to change the reporting date from 1 July to the first sitting day in June, which of course is budget day, then the government is happy to support that amendment. But we will not be supporting amendments (c) and (d). I think Mr Coe has indicated that he is happy to split his amendment.

Mr Coe: I do not think I need leave. I think we should just let this happen.

MR BARR: If that is the case then I think we can be in agreement to support amendment (b) but not (c) and (d), Madam Speaker.

Ordered that the question be divided.

Paragraph (2)(b) agreed to.

Paragraph (2)(c) and (d) negatived.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Casino (Electronic Gaming) Bill 2017

Debate resumed from 24 August 2017, on motion by Mr Ramsay:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR PARTON (Brindabella) (4.10): The Canberra Liberals will oppose this bill for a number of reasons. What an absolute debacle this has become. Consider how it started with the unsolicited bid, the stunning video, wonderful graphics, the amazing artist’s impression of a revamped Canberra city centre, and this amazing retail and food precinct. And what do we have now? I would suggest we have two-fifths of nothing.

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