Media Release

October 27, 2011

The Australian Christian Lobby said it was disappointing that the Opposition looks set to oppose mandatory pre-commitment technology for addictive high-loss poker machines.

Managing Director Jim Wallace said mandatory pre-commitment should not be dismissed as a tool to combat gambling-induced poverty without even conducting a trial.

“I am concerned that vested interests such as Mr Packer’s Crown Casino, the clubs industry and State Governments addicted to poker machine revenue are having undue influence in this debate.”

With 95,000 poker machine users classed as problem gamblers losing a staggering $5 billion per year, it was important for the government to act, Mr Wallace said.

“I would urge the Opposition to re-think its stance on mandatory pre-commitment and at least propose that a trial be conducted in the Northern Territory,Tasmania or another suitable locality."

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