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Pre-Commitment Delay Presents Opportunity for Alternate Harm Minimisation Measures

Independent Member for Clark, Kristie Johnston, has expressed her disappointment in the announcement of a 12-month delay to the introduction of the pre-commitment scheme for poker machines and has urged the Tasmanian Government to implement other proven harm minimisation measures to reduce the harm caused to the community by poker machines.

“Although the delay is disheartening, it presents a golden opportunity for the Government to step up in the interim and show how serious they are about minimising the impact of gambling and look at applying other harm minimisation measures such as slower spin speeds, $1 maximum bets and restricted gaming venue operating hours,”

“These examples are easy to implement, and studies show they make a big impact in reducing gambling harm.  During the next 12 months over $20 million will be lost on poker machines in Glenorchy alone.  This is totally unacceptable.  Making these easy changes now such as maximum $1 bet and slower spin speeds will help reduce the harm experienced by gamblers and not impact recreational players,” Ms Johnston said.

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