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FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT TONY WINDSOR MP 0427 668868

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TONY WINDSOR B.Ec MP INDEPENDENT FEDERAL MEMBER FOR NEW ENGLAND

PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

MEDIA RELEASE 1 April 2011

Windsor has concerns with poker machine reforms

The Independent Member for New England, Tony Windsor has expressed concerns about the workability of a mandatory pre-commitment for poker machines and its impact on community based clubs in country areas if the reforms proposed by his fellow cross bench colleague, the Member for Denison Andrew Wilkie are implemented.

Mr Windsor has met with representatives of clubs from across the electorate as well as having had discussions with Mr Wilkie.

“There is no doubt in my mind after talking with smaller club managers that if some of the proposals being talked about come to fruition, they would potentially wipe out some clubs.

“I’m not convinced that some of the proposals will have the effect of reducing problem gambling.

“I will obviously wait to see the legislation if and when it reaches the Parliament but unless substantial changes are made to the proposal, I will not support anything that will wipe out community based organisations,” Mr Windsor said.