Senate debates

Thursday, 9 February 2012


Gambling; Order for the Production of Documents

12:49 pm

Photo of Mark ArbibMark Arbib (NSW, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Sport) Share this | Hansard source

The government is, of course, happy to release departmental advice on the costs of the $1 maximum bets on poker machines when the appropriate review and consultations have been undertaken. Senator Xenophon has also written to the minister and submitted a freedom of information request to the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs for the same material. These requests are being processed, and the department's independent FOI process has begun. As the advice includes materials from third parties, with possible commercial-in-confidence implications, they will also need to be consulted. It is right and proper that this consultation is conducted.


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