Gambling plan limited: professor

A PRE-commitment scheme for poker machines would be of limited benefit to the majority of problem and pathological gamblers, a Southern Cross University expert has argued.

Dr Sally Gainsbury made a joint submission to the Submission to the Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform with Professor Alex Blaszczynski.

The club industry fears for its future under the pre-commitment scheme, and Twin Towns Services Club has canned $50 million in development in reaction to the Federal Government’s plans.

Dr Gainsbury and Prof Blaszczynski are regarded as two of Australia’s most-respected researchers into problem gambling, and their submission has comforted the clubs.

Dr Gainsbury told the Tweed Daily News yesterday more than simply an electronic pre-commitment scheme would be needed to eliminate problem gambling.

“There certainly are some positive aspects to a pre-commitment scheme if it uses a voluntary system, but it may not be used by the people that need it most,” she said.

The Federal Government has committed to putting in place a pre-commitment scheme by 2014.

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