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Reason thrown out the window as Pokies legislation pushed through Parliament

This week, while the Liberals and Labor teamed up to push through community-damaging and ill-considered pokies legislation, they have refused to support any cross-bench amendments to try and minimize the harm caused.

Amendments the major parties rejected:

  • Insert/increase penalty expiation fees for breaches of mandatory provisions of codes
  • Making statistical information on total gambling expenditure by venue available on a monthly basis (as happens in Victoria)
  • Increase maximum penalty for gambling provider for enabling contravention of barring order
  • Provisions enabling barred persons to recover some losses from gambling provider who enabled them to contravene barring order
  • Increased reporting from the Gambling Advisory Council, and other transparency measures around reporting
  • Limitations on advertising gambling, particularly on advertising aimed at inducing a minor to gamble
  • Capping jackpots at $500
  • Removing coin machines from licensed venues
  • Limiting the use of facial recognition technology for harm minimization purposes only
  • Increase penalties for allowing the presence of minors

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