Page 3924 - Week 10 - Thursday, 20 September 2018

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Government—clubs policy

MR PARTON: My question is to the minister for regulatory services. Minister, recently there was a review of the compliance of ACT clubs making payments of winnings to excluded persons. What was the result of this review?

MR RAMSAY: I will take that question on notice and get back to the Assembly.

MR PARTON: Minister, after 3,733 checks, with only three found to be non-compliant, will you congratulate clubs on the work that they do to ensure that they remain compliant and on negating gambling harm?

MR RAMSAY: I have been working well with clubs. I have regularly been congratulating clubs on the work they have done, in the knowledge that as this government continues to roll out its harm minimisation approach, it will do so in a collaborative way. I note that I have a harm minimisation roundtable before the end of this month. Clubs will be present, and I am looking forward to continuing to work with them on harm minimisation and on addressing issues around problem gambling and gambling harm. As we know, this impacts a significant number of people across Canberra, not only those who are directly affected but the people who are indirectly affected as well. We continue to work on that, and we continue to minimise the harm that comes from gambling. I assure the Assembly that the clubs will be playing their part in that collaborative work.

MR COE: Minister, is 99.9 per cent a reasonable compliance outcome or will you keep focusing on the 0.1 per cent?

MR RAMSAY: We will always focus to make sure that harm minimisation is increased. We will always continue to work across the community to ensure that the number of people whose lives are negatively impacted by gambling is reduced. That is certainly a commitment that we have. I note that the opposition seems to talk so positively about gambling at times. We note that it does have a place in this society, but we will ensure—

Mr Parton: Point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Minister, resume your seat.

Mr Parton: On relevance, the question was: is 99.9 per cent compliance acceptable to the government?

MADAM SPEAKER: Minister, you have a minute left. I know you were talking around compliance broadly, but perhaps you could go to that particular part of the question.

MR RAMSAY: Noting that the question of whether something is acceptable is inviting me to express an opinion—

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