Pokies talks continue behind the scenes

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Pokies talks continue behind the scenes

Postby sledge » Sun Apr 10, 2011 3:48 am

The Australian government want to reform the poker machine industry and the clubs association don't like it :blah2:

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan says the Government is continuing to work with the gaming industry to find ways to help problem gamblers.

Clubs Australia has declared "open warfare" on the Government, which is set to introduce new laws to limit how much punters can spend on poker machines.

The group is preparing a $20 million advertising campaign against the new laws, but Mr Swan says they are still talking with each other behind the scenes.

"We're working our way through those reforms," he said.

"We're consulting with the gaming industry. We're consulting more broadly. We'll continue to do that.

"We all share the objective that gaming is safe, and making sure that we don't make problems with problem gambling any worse."

Under a plan advocated by Tasmanian independent MP Andrew Wilkie, gamblers would have to nominate a dollar figure for how much they are prepared to lose before they start gambling - a scheme known as "mandatory pre-commitment".

Mr Wilkie wants the law in place by 2014.

But Clubs Australia says the changes will cost jobs. The industry wants it to be a voluntary scheme and have rejected a government request to hold off on the ad war.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has defended the advertising campaign, saying everyone is entitled to express a viewpoint.

"If the ACTU and the unions are entitled to advertise in favour of the Government, why aren't the clubs of Australia entitled to advertise against the Government?" he said.

"We do need to take problem gambling seriously, but clubs are part of Australia's social fabric."

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Re: Pokies talks continue behind the scenes

Postby sledge » Mon Apr 11, 2011 2:05 am

another update.. Clubs are striking back

Clubs launch media blitz against pokies laws


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Under the pokie plan, gamblers have to nominate a dollar figure for how much they are prepared to lose



Clubs Australia is launching its $20 million advertising campaign to stop laws limiting how much punters can spend on poker machines.

Federal independent MP Andrew Wilkie plans to make gamblers nominate a dollar figure for how much they are prepared to lose before they start gambling - a scheme known as "mandatory pre-commitment".

Mr Wilkie wants the law in place by 2014.

If it is blocked in parliament, the crossbencher says he will withdraw his support for the minority government led by Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

But Clubs Australia, the peak group representing pubs and hotels across the country, says the changes will cost jobs.

The industry wants it to be a voluntary scheme and have rejected a Government request to hold off on the advertising war.

Clubs Australia chief Anthony Ball says the plan is un-Australian and will amount to a licence to punt.

"Every poker machine player - whether they play 10 times a week or 10 times a year - has to register to obtain a card," he said.

"It'll have their personal details on it, it'll track their gambling transactions, they'll need to use that to set gambling limits.

"We think that's a licence, if that's not a licence I don't know what is."

Clubs Australia's campaign will feature a video, newspaper and billboard ads and will run in clubs across the country.

Mr Wilkie says it is bizarre that Clubs Australia has labelled the pokies plan as un-Australian.

"I find the dishonesty in the advertisement I've seen this morning quite remarkable," he said.

"There's a full page advertisement... talking about punting and licences but there's not a single mention of poker machines.

"It's as if the industry wants to sidestep the fact that this is simply to do with harm minimisation for poker machine problem gamblers."

South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon says the pokies campaign is built on a lie.

"If you're playing high-intensity, high-impact machines where you can lose thousands of dollars an hour, you will need to be part of a mandatory pre-committment system," he said.

"But if you just want to be a recreational gambler, to spend a few dollars on machines, you won't need any so-called licence to gamble."

Senator Xenophon says the cost of the campaign far outweighs the money spent on frontline problem gambling services each year.

Federal Community Services Minister Jenny Macklin says the clubs industry is running a scare campaign against the plan.

She says the ads give an inaccurate picture of the amount of personal information that would be on the cards given to gamblers.

"This is just a scare campaign and doesn't reflect the truth," she said.

"There won't be any photos, there won't be people's addresses on the cards and I think the clubs need to come clean."
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