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Joy gets her gaming laws through. Pokies dens get what they want.

By johnboy - 23 August 2012 52

Joy Burch is celebrating the package of her poker machine bill through the Legislative Assembly:

The amendments passed today include provisions that would:

— Allow new or single-venue clubs to access a pool of up to 150 machines to assist them establish new venues where the Government releases land suitable for new club sites. The pool will be created by the surrender of existing machines, ensuring there is no net growth in the number of machines.

— Amend the $250 daily Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) withdrawal limit proposed in the first draft of the Bill so that it no longer apply to ATMs sites operating 20 or fewer machines, or those only operating ‘Class B’ machines (typically pubs and taverns).

— Allow multi-venue club groups to relocate machines between venues; and give them more flexibility by allowing the relocation of up to 10 machines or 10 per cent of the existing number of machines at the receiving club – whichever is the lesser – without automatically being required to undertake a social impact assessment – rather, this would be left to the discretion of the Gaming and Racing Commission.

— Allow gaming machine licensees to take up to 10 per cent of their machines ‘off the floor’ for up to 12 months.

— Set a medium to long-term target cap of 4000 gaming machines in the ACT. However, once reached the cap would be set on a per capita basis.

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52 Responses to
Joy gets her gaming laws through. Pokies dens get what they want.
shirty_bear 10:24 am 24 Aug 12

On the upside, I’m enjoying the irony of this architect of misery being named “Joy”.

colourful sydney rac 10:15 am 24 Aug 12

Jim Jones said :

This is the kind of evil s*** that people should be calling Labor out on.

Revolting.

+1

Jim Jones 10:03 am 24 Aug 12

This is the kind of evil s*** that people should be calling Labor out on.

Revolting.

Chop71 10:00 am 24 Aug 12

What conflict of interest?

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 9:57 am 24 Aug 12

Absolutely disgusting.

Labour is supposed to be about *the working familys*, yet they are one of the main cuases of complete family break down and poverty withing the blue collar community.

Poker machines should be completely banned. Instead labour will keep being funded by the destruction of entire familys.

Nice work, burch.

damien haas 9:53 am 24 Aug 12

Next in the news – “opium poppie plantation etablished inside AMC”

p1 9:45 am 24 Aug 12

– Amend the $250 daily Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) withdrawal limit proposed in the first draft of the Bill so that it no longer apply to ATMs sites operating 20 or fewer machines, or those only operating ‘Class B’ machines (typically pubs and taverns).

Is it just me, or is the only reason for this change to attract more high rollers problem gamblers to smaller clubs dens of sadness?

Thumper 8:25 am 24 Aug 12

sigh.

Utterly irresponsible and hypocritical.

colourful sydney rac 7:44 am 24 Aug 12

disgraceful. smash the pokies.

steveu 7:00 am 24 Aug 12

Your title says it all.

Gungahlin Al 12:50 am 24 Aug 12

Good on ALP paving the way for the clubs – Labor Club included (if not first and foremost) – to start shifting their cursed pokies out to Gungahlin. Good to see they don’t let anything trifling like community interest get in the way of their support of the so-called “clubs” and their gambling addiction.

And they’ll now be able to sell the block of land over the street from the two churches and the mosque to the highest club bidder, like they’ve been so desperate to do for the last two years.

Gungahlin does not need more pokies. Nor does it want them.

urchin 12:22 am 24 Aug 12

wow… one would almost expect that labor has some sort of vested interest in facilitating problem gamblers… one might go so far as to think that perhaps labor gets a substantial amount of its funding from gambling….

everyone knows that hypocrisy is an inescapable element of politics but really, this is a bit despicable.

Masquara 9:40 pm 23 Aug 12

Mrs Burch – enabler.

Elizabethany 8:44 pm 23 Aug 12

Nothing in that is good for the community. Even the cap isn’t, because it increases on a per capita basis. For every 92 people, there is another machine.

cranky 6:58 pm 23 Aug 12

So the new Wright Labor Club, with 20 machines, has it’s ATM programmed to cough up any ammount the punter wishes ($2-3K anyone), and it will be perfectly legal, because ‘the Club has to establish’.

This is B*#^@t. Given the interest in reducing the numbers of problem gambling punters, what on earth is this wretched Polly doing but making it even easier to blow the bank.

Ms Burch. You have done this City a diservice!

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