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Thursday, 29 November 2012
Page: 10382

Senator XENOPHON (South Australia) (21:24): My principle question is this: the government is proposing a system where machines will be ready for mandatory precommitment—I think the Prime Minister referred to it as a 'flick of a switch' technology—but there is no proposal. In fact, a proposal was rejected by the government after representations by the Australian Greens and Mr Wilkie to have machines capable of $1 bets as well. Can the government explain the policy rationale for why it would not agree to have machines $1 bet capable, given that that was a primary recommendation of the Productivity Commission in its 2010 report?