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Thursday, 29 November 2012
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Senator DI NATALE (Victoria) (21:56): Yes, we certainly support Senator Xenophon's amendments. We also understand that the government is not prepared to implement mandatory $1-bet limits immediately, which is why we have decided to move an amendment that would effectively give a future government the option of moving a $1-bet limit. Our amendments (1) to (10) on sheet 7201 effectively mean that a future government has two options. If it decides, perhaps because a trial of mandatory precommitment demonstrates that mandatory precommitment may not be as effective as was anticipated, there is always the option of $1-bet limits. On the other hand, if a future government decides, as the Productivity Commission has, that $1-bet limits are the simplest, cheapest and most effective way of dealing with the issue of problem gambling, it can implement mandatory $1-bet limits on all machines immediately. It gives a future government the option. It is for that reason that, if there is no support for mandatory $1-bet limits, we will be moving an amendment that effectively says that all new machines, with some further time given to older machines, be made $1-bet ready.