星期五, 十一月 22, 2019

AclubinSouthAustraliahassubmittedaproposalfornewpokermachines,anditisbeingheavilydebated。

Astheclubislocatedinanareawith‘higher-than-averagelevelsofproblemgambling’,responsiblegamblingadvocatesarebelievethatnonewpokiesshouldbebroughtintothecommunity。

TheclubinquestionistheSouthAustralianJockeyClub(SAJC),whichwantstobuildanewrestaurantandgamingvenueatStClair。

Inordertobuildthevenue,theSAJCwillhavetoapplyforaSocialEffectCertificate。

Thiswillensurethatthenewgameswouldbenefitthepublicinterestwithoutcontributingtoanyriseinproblemgamblingrates。

UnitingCommunitieshasspokenoutagainstthenewvenue。

SpokespersonMarkHenleystatesthattheclubwouldbelocatedinanareathatalreadyhashighlevelsofproblemgambling。

Sincehighernumbersofpokiesinacommunityareassociatedwithhigherratesofproblemgamblingamongitsresidents,MrHenleyisconcernedaboutthewell-beingoflocalcommunitymembers。

TheSAJC’slawyerJohnFirthhasfoughtback,statingthattheclubisonlyrelocatingitspokermachines。

ThisisduetothefactthattheSAJChasrecentlyclosedoneofitsclubs。

MrFirtharguesthattheSAJCisn’treallybringingnewpokiesintothecommunity。

Instead,theyaresimplyre-introducinggamesthatalreadyexistedinthecommunitynotlongago。

Re-introducingmachineswillnothavemuch,ifany,impactonproblemgamblinginthecommunity,heargues。

TheSAJCwilltakepartinahearingbeforetheLiquorandGamblingCommissioner。

Theclubwillmakeacaseforthenewvenueanditspokermachineswhileopponentswillargueagainstit。

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