Greens’ spokesperson for gambling, Senator Richard Di Natale, said today that the Greens would introduce $1 bet legislation when Parliament resumes.
“The Government has made it clear that it doesn't have the courage to implement meaningful poker machine reforms. If they won't help problem gamblers, the Greens will,” said Senator Di Natale.
“I will introduce legislation when parliament resumes that would put a $1 limit on bets, a limit on jackpots and a $20 limit on the amount of money that can be loaded into machines at one time.
“This is one of the Productivity Commission's key recommendations and the legislation can be enacted immediately.
“The Government has suggested that $1 bet limits would be too expensive but that flies in the face of independent research.
“I call on the Government to release their departmental advice on $1 bets.
“Coalition members I have talked to agree that $1 bets would be the simplest, cheapest and most effective option for reform. Tony Abbott has not ruled out $1 bets so I hope he will show the courage that this prime minister lacks and throw his support behind my bill.”
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