Well we have done it again – can you really comprehend how much money this is?
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It seems that whenever there is an attempt to curb problem gambling (eg by introducing compulsory pre-commitment before playing) then it doesn’t take long for the people making all the money to come out against it and try to stop it or at least water it down.
All the more reason to make a submission to the State Govt before 20/9 on this important issue!
Have a look at this excellent article from
The State Government invites submissions from consumers and businesses to have their say in the proposed gambling pre-commitment scheme for poker machines. The link below will give you all the details you need. The governments preferred option for pre-commitment is extremely weak and looks to me like a watered down customer loyalty scheme. Their idea for a card is not compulsory and you can set a limit for the day and when you have reached that limit a pop-up screen will tell you that you reached your limit and then gives you the option to continue playing or to quit, which really defeats the whole purpose of a pre-commitment in the first place.
When I was addicted to the pokies and was “investing” all of our money into my local poker machine venue to feed the government’s own addiction, I desperately wanted to feed the gambling beast – and a pop up screen that would give me the option to keep going would have been a minor distraction and would never have stopped my frenzy or have saved the rent money.
Here are 4 points that I think pre-commitment needs to include:
1. Compulsory (so everybody who wants to gamble must have a card)
2. Non-transferable (fingerprint or other identification necessary)
3. A default setting that the gambler needs to opt out of
4. Once a set of parameters are input and a limit is reached then gambling stops for at least a (day, week, month?).
So if you, like me, feel strongly about this measure, would you please have a look at following link and make a submission before the 21st of September. It may be our only chance to have a say on this important issue!
Now that the decisions have been made in Canberra we are anxiously waiting for the results of the agreement the Tasmanian Independent Andrew Wilkie has made about the Gillard govt introducing a pre-commitment scheme for pokies around Australia. This is one of the main recommendations of the productivity commission to make a binding pre-commitment compulsory on all poker machines in Australia.
A good reason to be in favour of this Labor Govt.