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Greens slam Woolworths donation to Clubs campaign

Greens’ spokesperson for gambling, Senator Richard Di Natale, has today expressed disappointment in Woolworths’ $250,000 contribution to the pokies industry’s supposed $40 million fund to fight reforms.

"Woolworths are the largest pokies operator in Australia with more than 12,000 machines. Now they are contributing to a campaign which is intent on fighting reforms to help problem gamblers,” said Senator Di Natale.

"No responsible corporate citizen should have anything to do with the poker machine industry's grubby campaign.

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$1 bet option is popular: Brown

Bob Brown 15 Oct 2011

The option of limiting poker machine bets to $1 and jackpots to $500, as outlined by Australian Greens Senator Richard Di Natale yesterday, has drawn strong public support, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"From charitable organisations to the person in the street, this option has struck a positive chord. People like it. It is simple, effective and much cheaper for clubs and casinos in terms of implementation," Senator Brown said in Hobart.

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Greens announce pokies circuit breaker

Australian Greens Leader, Senator Bob Brown, and Greens spokesperson for gambling, Senator Richard Di Natale, today announced an alternative policy for pokie reform that removes the need for mandatory pre-commitment.

“The Greens’ policy is a simple, targeted and cheap alternative to mandatory pre-commitment,” said Senator Di Natale. “Rather than fitting mandatory pre-commitment technology to all ‘high-intensity’ machines, the Greens policy would result in ‘low-intensity’ machines only.”

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New Victorian gambling foundation is meaningless without poker machine reform: Greens

Greens’ spokesperson for gambling and health, Senator Richard Di Natale, has welcomed the creation of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation but has called on the Baillieu government to back it up with changes to poker machines.

“I am pleased to see the Victorian Government invest in trying to address problem gambling but it won’t amount to much without meaningful reform to back it up.”

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Labor needs to hold firm on pokies: Greens

Greens’ gambling spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, has urged Labor to hold strong on pokies reform.

“Labor MPs need to stand firm in the face of a deceitful and manipulative campaign from Clubs Australia,” said Senator Di Natale.

“I have seen the impact of problem gambling first-hand, as a doctor, and gambling addiction can be as devastating as any physical disease.”

“Before entering politics, patients came through my medical practice, suffering depression and anxiety after problem gambling had led to marriage break ups and losing their homes.”    

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Gambling industry survey at odds with clubs scare campaign: Greens

Greens’ gambling spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, has pointed out that the clubs are at odds with themselves.

“Clubs are simultaneously claiming that mandatory pre-commitment would cripple their revenue from pokies, while spruiking a report from Norway that says pre-commitment wouldn’t work and would in fact increase the number of problem gamblers,” said Senator Di Natale

“This is a gambling industry funded survey and the Greens have much more faith in the views of the Productivity Commission on this matter.”

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