Greens’ spokesperson for gambling, Senator Richard Di Natale, today called on the Opposition Leader to be constructive on pokies reform and support the Greens’ $1 bet policy.
“Mr. Abbott and the Coalition have a history of being relentlessly negative and acting as a wrecking ball to reform,” said Senator Di Natale.
“They tried to block real action on climate change, they tried to block plans to share the profits of the mining boom, they’re trying to block tobacco reform that would save lives and now they are threatening to block meaningful pokies reform.
“Mr. Abbott has demonstrated yet again that he is all opposition and no leader. It’s time for Mr. Abbott to roll back his talk of rescinding reform and start to be a constructive force.
“Mr. Abbott has effectively ruled out supporting mandatory pre-commitment but has remained quiet on the Greens’ policy of $1 bet limits. I urge him to throw his support behind our policy as the cheapest, simplest and most effective way to limit the harm from problem gambling.
“Australia’s poker machines, which allow punters to lose several thousand dollars each hour, are lethal weapons in the hands of problem gamblers. They are the semi automatic weapons of the gambling world.
“If Mr. Abbott won’t support changes to these machines and sticks to his relentlessly negative agenda, he is not serious about tackling problem gambling.”
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