NICK XENOPHON M.L.C.
INDEPENDENT NO POKIES
MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
23rd February 2004
COURTS TO HAVE POWER TO ORDER INTERVENTION PROGRAMS FOR GAMBLING RELATED
Pokies MLC Nick Xenophon has succeeded in getting Government and opposition
support to amend Legislation to allow for Courts to order specific intervention
programs for gambling related crimes.
research has shown that gambling related crime is the second largest cause of
Legislation just passed in Parliament the Statutes Amendment (Intervention
Programs and Sentencing Procedures) Bill now specifies that problem gamblers
can be the subject of an intervention program, which can include supervised
treatment and rehabilitation.
its obviously much better to have a fence at the top of the cliff rather than
the best equipped ambulance at its base, this amendment at least acknowledges
the overwhelming link between gambling addiction and crime”.
Xenophon said his next step was to move for victims of gambling related crimes
to receive compensation.
a Government is raking in $275,000,000.00 a year it can well afford to set up a
statutory fund to assist the many victims who have been defrauded, embezzled or
robbed because of State Sanction pokies addiction”.
Written and authorised by Nick Xenophon, 653 Lower North East Road, Paradise, SA 5075