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Labor taken for a spin by pokies industry: Greens

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Richard Di Natale 22 Feb 2013

Australian Greens spokesperson on gambling, Senator Richard Di Natale, said today that Labor's cave-in to the pokies industry has been exposed but it still has one last chance to help problem gamblers.
 
“The Senate Inquiry into my $1 bet bill today has shown that it has always been the best option for gambling reform.
 
“Labor had an opportunity to enact a simple, effective and popular reform that would have helped reduce the harm from pokies but instead it caved in to pressure from vested interests, just like it did on the mining tax.
 
“They fell in line with the pokies industry’s preposterous costing for the implementation of $1 bets, but that costing was rubbished today by the Productivity Commission. In fact the real $1 bet policy advocated by the Productivity Commission, the same one contained in my bill, has never been costed properly by the industry or the government.
 
“Instead of taking on the vested interests and fighting for what the community wanted and needed, Labor was again spooked by a cashed-up lobby group. It tried to stitch up a deal with the clubs industry for a trial of pre-commitment technology but we learned yesterday that the trial looks dead in the water.
 
“The pokies industry has taken Labor for a spin, just like the mining companies did. But just like the mining tax it has one last chance to clean up this mess before the election.”

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