The National Times has the word that Andrew Wilkie has made peace with the Gillard Government (they need his vote again) and the precommitment trial is going to roll next year.
The government’s watered down bill will require all new poker machines to have precommitment technology from 2013, with all machines to have the technology from 2016. It will not be mandatory for players to use.
A trial of a scheme forcing punters to preset how much they are willing to lose will be held in the ACT, with plans for it to begin next year.
The National Times understands Mr Wilkie is now happy with amendments to the bill including that the trial will be in the legislation. He and the government had been locked in a stand-off over the wording of some clauses.
We presume that the compensation for potential lost revenues to the clubs has been retained, which is a clever way for taxpayer dollars to wind up in the Labor Party via the Tradies and Labor Clubs.