Industry News

Major Parties Announce Gambling Policies

On 2 July, Clubs Australia wrote to the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd and Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, requesting detail on how they will approach gambling related policy in the next parliament.  The major parties have provided their positions on gaming in advance of the September 7 poll and these are outlined below.

Australian Labor Party

Labor advised its approach in correspondence dated 1 August as follows:

“The Labor Government’s reforms set out a package to help problem gamblers and their families, including voluntary pre-commitment on poker machines and $250 daily ATM limits in gaming venues (excluding casinos).  The Government has also listened to the concerns of industry and has extended the timeframes to implement pre-commitment, which will reduce costs.  These reforms are designed to help reduce the harm caused by gaming machines, while minimising the impact on clubs.”

Liberal-National Coalition

The Coalition advised its approach through a video statement made by Shadow Minister Kevin Andrews.