Australian Pokie Machine Reforms Debate


The Australian debate on pokie machines reforms goes on. The other day, a Catholic Priest and Youth Off The Streets CEO, Father Chris Riley announced that he is against the Gillard Government’s poker machine reforms. He was concerned that clubs would donate less money to charities if they were forced to install a pre-commitment system. He said that the government should focus on counseling and education. Read the news coverage here from Daily Telegraph.

Last month, SBS Insight Program, hosted a debate on Pokie Machine Reforms that included MP Andrew Wilkie on the panel and a number of Australian Clubs Managers. It was a very interesting debate! They discuss among others that Clubs are getting huge revenues but only give a small portion to the community. Watch the video below.

As a background, just after the election last year, Tasmanian independent MP Andrew Wilkie gave his support to the Labour government to put forward this agenda of poker machine reforms. Labor agreed to introduce mandatory per-commitment technology, requiring poker machine players to preset a limit on how much they plan to gamble on high-stakes poker machines.

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