Call for Action on Gambling
24 June 2010 at 12:04 pm
Uniting Care has joined Independent Senator in calling for Federal Government action on Gambling in the the wake of the Productivity Commission Report.
Helyar says the Government can act immediately to reduce poker machine harm by:
- Setting the maximum a gambler can lose to $1 per button push and $120 per hour
- Limiting opening hours for poker machine venues to 10.00am to midnight nationally
- Banning ATM’s in poker machine venues
Independent South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon has called on the Federal Government to take control of gambling from the states in response to the PC report.
He says the Commonwealth really has a leadership position to take because the states can't be trusted with gambling because they rake in $4 billion per year on gambling taxes.
Sen. Xenaphon says it is clear that the Commonwealth has the constitutional power to take this the control of gambling because they don’t have the vested interest and they are not compromised by the revenue stream that the states have on gambling.
The report, which found that 15 per cent of regular poker machine players are problem gamblers and that they contribute about 40 per cent of spending on poker machines, rejected the liberalisation of on-line gambling.
Uniting Care says the other crucial measure is the implementation of the recommendation to ‘deliver full pre-commitment to all venues’ by 2016, with at least partial systems in place by 2013.
It says full pre-commitment refers to a system that must be used by all gamblers. The system is incorporated into all gambling activities and devices and is centrally monitored and seamless in operation for gamblers.