Media Release – 27 July 2015

Assertions made by Fairfax media today, that suggest my decision making was influenced by donations, is wrong and offensive.

Whilst making these assertions, Fairfax Media also says that “…it does not suggest the donations directly influenced Mr Andrews’ decision making.”

Regarding the release of the Coalition Policy document on gambling, ahead of the 2013 federal election, here are the facts:

  • On 2 November 2011, the Coalition released a discussion paper on gambling reform.
  • The policy taken to the election, as outlined in that discussion paper, was only varied in a minor way.
  • The policy itself was determined, finalised and approved by the Coalition Policy Committee, the Shadow Cabinet and the Opposition Party Room – and not solely my office or I.
  • Also, on 21 January 2012 when asked about Poker machine reform, the then Leader of the Opposition said: We’ve been very consistent all along on this. The best way to tackle problem gambling is through voluntary precommitment, through more counseling and through tackling online gambling.

The Coalition policy on this matter was publically known at least 24 months prior to the 2013 federal election. Regarding the Parliament passing the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013, here are the facts:

  • The Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 was introduced into the Parliament on 20 November 2013, not March 5 2014 as claimed by Fairfax in their questions to me.
  • The Bill was supported by both the Government and the Labor Opposition.

The Menzies 200 Club is an associated Liberal Party entity that supports Liberal Party campaigns. They are subject to strict disclosure rules and regulations in accordance with Australian Electoral Commission requirements.

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