313. Hon COLIN HOLT to the minister representing the
I refer to the proposed sale of the
(1) When will
enabling legislation come before Parliament, given that the Treasurer's
media statement dated 9 October 2018 said that it would be ''early in
(2) Have there
been delays in drafting the enabling legislation?
(3) If yes to
(2), what are the reasons for the delays?
(4) When will the
Treasurer introduce the legislation and provide certainty to the industry?
(5) Can the
Treasurer guarantee that the WA TAB will be sold before the 2021 state
(6) Referring to
question without notice 41 asked on 13 February 2019, has the probity plan now
been adopted and will the Treasurer please table it?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question.
(1) On current time lines, the enabling
legislation is expected to be introduced in May 2019.
drafting of legislation has taken time due to the need to consult industry and
the complexities of amending existing legislation to allow for a new wagering
licence regime. Although the government's careful approach to
consulting with the racing industry has taken time, this has been important to
help resolve the uncertainty created by the former government's failure
to properly consult the industry when it considered the matter.
(4) See answer to
government's objective is to sell the TAB before the 2021 election;
however, this will depend on a range of factors, including timely passage of
the enabling legislation.
(6) The probity
plan has been adopted. It is an internal governance document for the project
and tabling it could compromise the sale process if it were made available
publicly. This would be against the racing industry's interests. We
look forward to the opposition's support for the quick passage of this
legislation to provide the certainty for the industry the member is seeking.