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Issue #1462      7 July 2010

Government gets it right on internet gambling

Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers’ Union (LHMU) members working in gaming venues have welcomed the government’s response to the Productivity Commission report into Gambling.

Louise Tarrant, national secretary of LHMU, the hospitality union said, “The government is right to focus on harm minimisation. Problem gambling is a terrible social and economic cost to individuals, their families and the community. It is particularly distressing for hospitality workers to witness patrons caught in a vicious spiral of problem gambling.”

Ms Tarrant said the LHMU believes the government is right to reject the Productivity Commission’s recommendation on liberalisation of internet gaming.

“You can’t have genuine harm minimisation if people are gambling via the internet. How do you ensure against people gambling under-age or under the influence of drugs or alcohol and how do you ensure breaks in play?”

Gaming occurring at hospitality venues has a far greater chance of being conducted responsibly because of the physical presence of workers, the limitations on credit and the regulation of patron information. The union says gaming via the net is a recipe for personal disaster.

“LHMU is conscious of the need to improve and standardise harm minimisation strategies in gaming venues. We welcome the government’s endorsement of a nationally consistent pre-commitment program. 

“Workers in the sector will clearly have an important contribution to make into how such a system is introduced and operated. LHMU welcomes the opportunity to work with government and other sector players over coming months to make this a reality.”  

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