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Clubs cynical campaign won’t work, will hurt: Greens

Clubs Australia have unveiled a $2 million public relations campaign which attempts to paint Clubs Australia as the champions of action on problem gambling.
 
Greens’ gambling spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, today said that Clubs Australia's attempt to paint themselves as the good guys in the pokies debate is galling.
 
“This is a cynical exercise by an industry who wants to protect its profits at the expense of problem gamblers and their families,” said Senator Di Natale.
 

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Kennett’s position on beyondblue Board is now untenable

Penny Wright 31 May 2012

Greens gambling spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, said today that Jeff Kennett should resign from the Board of beyondblue.

“Jeff Kennett should be congratulated for his role in building beyondblue, but his position with that organisation is now untenable,” said Senator Di Natale.

“His willingness to join the Board of Sydney Star Casino’s operating company is simply the last straw.”

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Abbott’s position on gambling brought to you by Clubs Australia

Greens gambling spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, welcomed Tony Abbott’s concerns around online gambling but accused him of rampant hypocrisy.

“Tony Abbott declared today that he will oppose the liberalisation of online gambling because he doesn’t want to turn every phone into a poker machine. That’s welcome news but Mr Abbott stands in the way of any meaningful reform of real poker machines.

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Live online bets are too big a gamble: Greens

Greens’ gambling spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, urged the government not to proceed with live online betting during sporting events.

“These changes lower the bar for live online gambling and there’s little doubt that more people will gamble on sport if they can bet during a game with the click of a button,” said Senator Di Natale.

“There’s also a real concern that people will chase their losses as momentum shifts in a game.

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Greens call on Victorian Labor to back $1 bet limits

Australian Greens’ spokesperson for gambling and Senator for Victoria, Dr Richard Di Natale, today called on the Victorian Labor Party to get behind the Melbourne Greens by-election candidate’s push to put $1 bet limits on pokies in Victoria.

“The Victorian Labor Party has an opportunity to show some leadership on pokies,” said Senator Di Natale.

“If Cathy Oke is elected to the Victorian Parliament in the Melbourne by-election, she will introduce legislation that would apply $1 bet limits to all Victorian pokies.

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Government pokies bill means little for problem gamblers: Greens

Government pokies bill means little for problem gamblers: Greens

Greens’ gambling spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, said today that the Greens cannot guarantee their support for the Government’s pokies legislation its current form.

“This minority parliament provides an opportunity to achieve something meaningful for pokies machines and I don’t want to just throw that away,” said Senator Di Natale.

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Greens welcome AFL move on pokies

Greens’ spokesperson for gambling and sport, Senator Richard Di Natale, today welcomed reports that the AFL has offered to help clubs sell off their holdings in pokies.

“The AFL has made the right call in offering to help their clubs get out of the pokies industry,” said Senator Di Natale.

“The AFL has demonstrated once again that it is a leader among the sporting codes, especially in comparison to the NRL, which joined with Clubs Australia’s deceptive and misleading campaign against pokies reform.

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