Greens’ gambling spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, said that meaningful pokies reform was back on the agenda following the Speaker’s decision to stand aside.
“This parliament may be the best opportunity we will have for decades to do something meaningful on pokies and people are desperate to see change.”
A new poll demonstrates that 83% of people want $1 bet limits on poker machines if mandatory pre-commitment is not implemented.
“It is the clearest indication yet that the Government should support the Greens’ proposed amendments to their pokies bill, which would turn on $1 bet limits if mandatory pre-commitment was not activated at the end of a trial.
“In its current form the Government’s bill achieves nothing other than kicking the issue down the road for a future parliament to deal with.
“The Greens are willing to support a trial of mandatory pre-commitment but we want to see a guarantee of action at the end.
“This Government is floundering, so here is an opportunity for them to show leadership on an issue that has tremendous public support.
“They can prove to the community that they care more about families than cashed-up lobby groups.”
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