Too early to gamble on pokie scheme
RICHMOND MP Justine Elliot believes it is too early to calculate the cost of pre-commitment technology on poker machines as the final design of the scheme is yet to be confirmed.
The technology would force gamblers to decide on a limit they were willing to spend before they played.
Club representatives from across NSW met on Thursday to discuss the technology, which they believe would cost upwards of $73 million and force many pubs and clubs to close.
“It’s premature to comment on costs as the final design of the scheme is not yet settled,” Ms Elliot said.
Ms Elliot has announced the government would be looking at special consideration for small venues.
“Small pubs and clubs play an important role in our local community,” she said.
“They are a place where local people get together, and they provide important support for local community and sporting groups.
“That’s why the Australian government will consider options for special consideration of small venues when implementing its important gambling reforms.”
The new technology works by recording the gambler’s daily pre-committed limit on a USB or card or by identifying the person by their fingerprint.
However Ms Elliot said the government was against the collecting of fingerprints.
“I would never support the use of invasive personal data collection such as fingerprinting,” Ms Elliot said.
“Small pubs and clubs play an important role in our local community.”