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Pre-commitment scheme

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Pre-commitment scheme

Postby Bull » Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:41 am

I thought it might be a good idea to kick off discussion in this forum with a topic on the most hotly contested issue in gambling reform at the moment - mandatory pre-commitment.

As you may be aware, Andrew Wilke had a deal with the Gillard Government that all poker machines would have mandatory pre-commitment by 2016. That deal has since been revoked, with Gillard stating that a trial in the ACT is needed before this can go ahead. Unhappy with this move, the Victorian Government has since passed laws requiring that venues have voluntary pre-commitment options on all machines in the next few years in VIC.

It seems that policy makers cannot make up their minds on whether or not pre-commitment is the way forward. Industry is generally against it because they are affraid that poker machine revenue will substantially decrease, placing a lot of stress on venues and business owners to generate the revenue elsewhere.

What are your thoughts?