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The seven year hitch

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Independent Senator for South Australia Nick Xenophon has ridiculed the State Government over its plans to take more than 800 poker machines out of circulation as a ‘recycled, rehashed announcement’.

Senator Xenophon said the plan was part of legislation passed in December 2004.

“It’s a cheap shot for the State Government to pretend it is doing something new to address poker machine addiction,” Nick said. “This is based on legislation passed more than 7 years ago, when the State Government passed a law to reduce SA’s number of poker machines by 3000.”

“All they are doing is saying they’ll take out the final 800 needed to reach that 3000 poker machine reduction target, and trying to sell it as new reform,” Nick said.

“They’ve been talking about this for years. Over four years ago, the then Gambling Minister Paul Caica announced almost identical trading rules in order to reduce the number of poker machines. Four years after that, they’re finally getting around to it.”

“If the State Government were serious about making a difference for problem poker machine gamblers, they need to push for $1 maximum bets per spin, and maximum average losses of $120 per hour. That is real reform, and it can be implemented right now.”


For more information contact Sarah Mennie on 0409 696 531 or Nick Xenophon on 0411 626 677