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Listen to your brother, Wayne

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Media Release Member for Moncrief - Steven Ciobo, MP 4 October 2011

Listen to your brother, Wayne

Treasurer Wayne Swan should listen to his older brother who believes Labor’s mandatory pre-commitment policy for poker machines ‘has the potential to wreck everything,’ says Gold Coast Liberal MP Steven Ciobo.

Ian Swan, who sits on the board and is a life member of the Coolum Surf Life Saving Club, has spoken out against Labor’s poker machine policy in News Ltd papers today.

“Hopefully Ian will be able to talk some sense into his brother because Wayne is obviously not listening to the experts, addicts or his Labor colleagues who believe mandatory pre-commitment will do nothing to help problem gamblers,” said Mr Ciobo, who is a member of the Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform.

“Wayne Swan grew up in the surf lifesaving movement and knows the vital work lifesavers do,” he said.

“So why is he supporting a policy that is going to strip funds from clubs and put beachgoers at risk?

“The hundreds of thousands of dollars surf clubs will have to spend updating their machines to comply with Labor’s over-the-top regulations is money that could have been spent on much needed rescue equipment.

“Surf clubs won’t be able to buy rescue boards, tubes and IRBs because Labor’s pokie policy will send them broke.

“I’ve already had clubs telling me they’re not going to be able to update their rescue equipment when Labor introduces their extreme scheme.

“Wayne Swan claims he’s the world’s best treasurer - surely then he can do the numbers and see how financially crippling Labor’s pokie policy is going to be for surf clubs.”

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