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Notice given 8 March 2001

852  Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Faulkner): To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) McGauran (Altona) Pty Ltd applied to the Hobson’s Bay City Council for planning approval to increase the number of poker machines installed at the Millers Inn Hotel from 70 to 75,

(ii) this approval was refused by the council, on the grounds that the proposal would ‘result in a negative social and economic impact on the community, and that there are sufficient opportunities for gaming within the city and there is no need for the proposal’,

(iii) Minister McGauran’s company was finally given authority, on appeal to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal in a decision on 21 November 2000, to install 5 more poker machines in the Millers Inn Hotel, bringing in an estimated extra revenue stream of $333 015 per year,

(iv) this application to the council was lodged by the Minister’s company on 10 April 2000, 7 days after Cabinet first considered the issue of interactive gambling and 39 days before the Minister publicly announced the ban on online gambling, and

(v) the Prime Minister (Mr Howard), during question time on 6 March 2001, offered to investigate any specific allegations of misconduct against Minister McGauran; and

(b) calls on Minister McGauran to fully detail the dealings of McGauran (Altona) Pty Ltd at the earliest opportunity.

On the second sitting day in December 2001

General Business—Notice of Motion