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Spineless government hiding behind the numbers in parliament: Greens

Media Release
Richard Di Natale 21 Jan 2012

Greens’ spokesperson for gambling, Senator Richard Di Natale, said today that a trial of mandatory pre-commitment was a gutless substitute for real action.

“The Government seems to be using a trial as a gutless substitute for real action on pokies in this term," said Senator Di Natale.

“If they are genuinely serious about getting real reform through the parliament then they need to explain why the Greens’ $1 bets proposal is off the table.

“It is the best policy, with the most support in the community and the one most likely to pass through both houses of parliament. Best of all, it could be done immediately without any trial or delay.”

Assistant Commissioner, Dr Ralph Lattimore, yesterday confirmed that the Productivity Commission expected that $1 bet limits could be implemented without trial.

“The Government are trying to give the appearance of supporting meaningful reform, yet they seem to be doing everything they can to undermine it, while using the numbers in the parliament as cover.

“The Government can’t just keep saying that it is serious about reform when it is refusing to embrace the best policy, with the best chance of passing through the parliament.

“The Greens’ $1 bet proposal is a real test of Julia Gillard’s leadership – and so far she’s failing.”

Media contact: Andrew Blyberg 0457 901 600

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