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Coalition is hollow on pokies: Greens

Media Release
Richard Di Natale 2 Nov 2011

Greens’ gambling spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, has called the Coalition discussion paper on problem gambling a hollow, shallow, meaningless document.

“It looks like it’s been written by the pokies industry for the pokies industry. It’s weak on pokies and tough on their competitors, such as online gambling.

“It’s not a surprise to anyone that Mr. Abbott has found yet another industry lobby group to shill for if it gives him another reason to attack the government.

“Voluntary pre-commitment and many other measures in the paper raise the white flag on problem gambling.

“Even worse Tony Abbott’s policy has called into question the role of the Commonwealth in gambling reform proving again that he’s all opposition and no leader.”

Senator Di Natale noted that while the discussion paper attacked mandatory pre-commitment, it ignored the Greens’ policy of $1 bet limits all together.

Last night the CEO of St George Illawara Leagues Club acknowledged that it was his preferred option.

“The Clubs lobby have found it hard to attack the Greens position and it appears that the Coalition are struggling as well.”

Media contact: Andrew Blyberg 0457 901 600

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