Labor MLAs should apologise

Chief Minister Andrew Barr needs to bring his Labor colleagues into line, Shadow Minister for Gaming and Racing Mark Parton said.

In a debate on the community contributions scheme today, two Labor MLAs made wild, inaccurate and offensive claims.

Labor Member for Murrumbidgee Bec Cody accused clubs that were opposed to changes to the community contributions scheme of “fiddling the books” while Member for Ginninderra Gordon Ramsay accused the Opposition of wanting to maximise pokie revenue.

“Ms Cody and Mr Ramsay’s claims are appalling, completely offensive and show just how deluded with power this government has become,” Mr Parton said.

“They think if anyone disagrees with their political agenda, then they are lawbreakers or evil.

“Ms Cody’s accusations that Canberra clubs are opposed to the Labor-Greens agenda because they are fiddling the books is an insult to every single community club and their members.

“The Chief Minister should reprimand Ms Cody and she should apologise immediately.

“There are a number of harm minimisation measures in place to help people with gambling addictions and the Canberra Liberals are supportive of these.

“Not only were Mr Ramsay’s comments unequivocally wrong but they were hypocritical. The Labor Party directly profits from pokie machine revenue.

“In 2016-17 the ACT Labor Party lined its coffers with $790,985 in pokie profits. What a joke.

“The problems that the government outlined in the Assembly today are issues with the legislation itself. Rather than realise the problem is with the government they continue to blame clubs for playing by the rules the government set.

“These offensive and inaccurate claims by Ms Cody and Mr Ramsay show just how out of touch this government has become,” Mr Parton concluded.