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Poker machine and T.A.B. funds benefit local community in Canberra



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STATEMENT

FOR PRESS

- THE MINISTER

: . FOR THE

CAPITAL TERRITORY

The Minister for the Capital Territory, Mr Bob Ellicott, today

refuted suggestions by the President of the ACT House of Assembly,

Mr Peter Vallee, that there was a plan or campaign to deprive the

people of Canberra from receiving the benefits of poker machine

and TAB funds. On the contrary the arrangements

announced last night ensure that these funds will be used to

benefit the local community and not find their way into Consolidated

Revenue. They are the proceeds of moneys invested by the people

of Canberra in poker machines and with the TAB and, as provided

in the ordinances, , will be distributed for community projects

or charitable groups. 1

Mr Ellicott said action was proceeding to amend the ordinances

which controlled the TAB and poker machines so that the moneys

were· available for the benefit of the community.' .

The Minister said that he had previously made clear his view that .

as Minister for the Capital Territory he should take responsibility

for the final disposition of such large amounts of public funds

as are derived from the TAB and poker machines. '

'As I have indicated I will ask the House of Assembly to advise

me of the distribution of funds to welfare and general community

areas', Mr Ellicott said 'The ACT Committee of Cultural

Development will provide advice to me on grants to the Arts and

the Sports and Fitness Committee will provide advice to me on grants

for sports development. As I said yesterday "after these funds

had been disbursed, there would still be funds in excess of $1.2m

standing to the credit of the poker machines account and that

consideration was being given to the expenditure of these funds

for the benefit of the community." .

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