An ACT Greens bill banning pokie machines from using headphones to keep their players from remembering that there is a life outside of their crippling addiction was passed today.
ACT Greens Member, Shane Rattenbury, championed an amendment to the Gaming Machine Act which will prevent the Gambling and Racing Commissioner from approving machines with audio devices unless the device is specifically for those with a hearing impairment. The bill was unanimously passed by the Legislative Assembly.
“Gaming machine manufactures now make machines with headphones or ‘audio isolation devices’, which are designed to minimise external distractions and keep gamblers focused on the machines for longer,” said Mr Rattenbury.
This is undoubtably a good thing. However I’m still waiting for the day the government just bans the insidious machines. I know it’s not coming, but it’s wonderful to dream.