Friday, May 6, 2011

Clubs to keep fighting proposed pokies reforms, despite concessions

The Australian
As independent MP Andrew Wilkie confidently declared he had the numbers to push gambling reforms through parliament, Clubs Australia said the blueprint for change handed down by a parliamentary committee today was a “dog's breakfast”.

Clubs Australia executive director Anthony Ball said the pre-commitment scheme, allowing players to set a limit on how much they are willing to lose, would cost clubs billions and force taxpayers to pay massive compensation to venues.

“This is a mandatory pre-commitment scheme which is a licence to punt,” he said.

“There is not a scintilla of evidence that this will help problem gamblers. This is just a system designed to inconvenience recreational gamblers.”
We've followed this closely.

It's nice to see the Clubs Australia folks finally starting to stand on their hind legs. Problem gamblers and privacy-loving Australians everywhere need them right now.

Problem gamblers deserve the tools they need. The proposed rules are worse than the status quo.

For an explanation of why and much more on the subject please consider the posts at the link.