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Backflip on mandatory pre-commitment has clubs breathe a sigh of relief

The federal government is re-thinking the mandatory pre-commitment scheme. The original plan, which was put forward by Andrew Wilkie, independent senator in Tasmania, had pokies being fitted with technology that would limit the gambling spending of a player by demanding they nominate the length of time they played, or how much money they would spend.

This proposal saw many clubs and pubs, particularly rural areas, protesting, warning that it would see the end of many of them due to the costs of implementing the technology and the loss of revenue.

A trial in the ACT has been decided on instead. This will assist in gathering data relating to problem gambling  in an attempt to address the issue without harming the rural communities. 

Source: Edenmagent.com.au - 26 Jan 2012 09:14 AM

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