14 February 2013

Shane moves on pokie headphones

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Mayor Rattenbury has announced he’s legislating to stop the pokie dens installing audio isolation devices.

Mr Rattenbury said an amendment to the Gaming Machine Act is needed to prevent the introduction of new gaming machines with headphones that encourage gamblers to play for longer periods of time.

“Recently gaming machine manufactures have begun making machines with headphones, also called audio isolation devices, which are designed to minimise external distractions and keep gamblers focused on the machines for longer,” said Mr Rattenbury.

“Victoria and NSW have prohibited machines with audio isolation devices, and the ACT needs to do the same.

“We already know that there a significant number of people in the Canberra community who are severely affected by a gambling addiction and between 85% and 96% of those with an addiction play poker machines. We also know that on average for each person who is a problem gambler, seven other people they know are seriously affected by their addiction.

The new Greens Bill will prevent the Gambling and Racing Commissioners from approving machines with audio devices unless the device is specifically for those with a hearing impairment.

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Sorry correction to my first post, that should read “Crackerjack” with Mick Molloy,

cross said :

There’s a line in that great Aussie movie “Cracker” about pokies “they can’t win on them they’re programmed that way”

Another relevant paraphrase: “The only way to win is to not play”.
But the statement addicts be addicted by this stage includes both the CFMEU and the Labor Clubs, and by direct association The Greens, and The Labor Party.

Note for any party members reading: the simple method of avoiding this criticism is by first not accepting their money, and then working to minimise the harm by restraining the Clubs


One can only assume they’ll be playing Tony Robbins motivational CDs on endless loop. With the occasional Richard Simmons workout tape.

Just ban pokies completely . I,m not against gambling per se but pokies is the most insidious form of gambling.
There’s a line in that great Aussie movie “Cracker” about pokies “they can’t win on them they’re programmed that way”

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