NICK XENOPHON M.L.C.
INDEPENDENT NO POKIES
MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
27 July, 2004
Pokies MLC Nick Xenophon has welcomed Labor Leader Mark Latham’s policy
discussion paper on gambling in Adelaide earlier today, but says “both Labor and the Liberals need to go much much further to tackle
problem gambling head on.”
Xenophon said that he welcomed Mr Latham’s statement at Wesley United Care’s
gambling policy is primarily a State Government responsibility there is a very
real role for the Commonwealth to be involved to reduce the harm caused.
There are also specific Commonwealth Government powers over banking,
which gives the Commonwealth the right to legislate over the location of ATMs at
gambling venues, as well as banking and tele-communication powers in relation to
“Gambling doesn’t just take away the ladder of
opportunity for individuals, it can take the ground away from underneath the
feet of their families and keep them in perpetual poverty.”
“Gambling addiction – from pokies in particular – is a major preventable
cause of poverty in this country with well over 40% of pokies losses coming from
problem gamblers. With well over $9
billion a year lost on pokies - that’s an almost $4 billion a year poverty
Xenophon said that he was very concerned that Labor hadn’t yet changed its
policy on on-line gambling, as it opposed the Howard Government’s Interactive
Gambling Act in 2001.
Federal Policy platform on gambling that doesn’t nip on-line gambling in the
bud is way out of line with the wishes of most Australians.
As the Rev Tim Costello has previously said – ‘With
you will soon be able to lose your home without ever actually having to leave it’”
Xenophon said that he was concerned the major parties were going “weak
at the knees” with on-line gambling.
“The Federal Government’s decision to
give the Packers a green light on betting exchanges recently will see more and
more ordinary Australians getting hopelessly in the red.”
and authorised by Nick Xenophon, 653 Lower North East Road, Paradise, SA 5075
Written and authorised by Nick Xenophon, 653 Lower North East Road, Paradise, SA 5075