Pokie law too far: MP

A GOLD Coast MP has labelled the Federal Government’s pre-commitment gaming technology scheme as “big brother gone berserk”.

Moncrieff MP Steven Ciobo is part of the Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform and believes everyone will suffer from the technology that will require gamblers to set a limit on their losses before they play.

“What makes this policy crazy is it effectively requires people to hand over their personal details to have the government track when they play poker machines. It will do absolutely nothing to solve problem gambling,” Mr Ciobo said.

Mr Ciobo warned there would be job losses, pub and club closures and funding cutbacks to sporting and community groups, including NRL super clubs St George Illawarra and the Brisbane Broncos.

“The concerns people have are legitimate,” he said.

“As a result of this ridiculous Labor plan we will see job losses, and we have already seen cancellations of projects.

“It all seems completely unwarranted.”

The Federal Government signed a deal with Independent MP Andrew Wilkie to introduce the technology in exchange for his support at the last Federal election.

“This was a grubby deal by Labor to get into power,” said Mr Ciobo.

“Labor’s plan will do little to help problem gamblers, as they will be able to swap, sell or even steal pokie cards to continue gambling – fuelling their addiction and creating a new black market.”

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