One of the most prominent politicians in New South Wales (NSW) has criticized the proposal meant to control video poker machines’ users. In the proposal, punters are supposed to get a government-issued gambling card to use on a video poker machine.
According to a post on 7th October 2020 from The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, the prominent politician, Michael Daley, led the opposition NSW Labour political party for four months and is currently representing the Maraubra constituency in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly. Michael warned against passing the proposal about video poker machines saying that it could devastate clubs and pubs already at risk due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
What’s in the Proposal?
The Sydney Morning Herald gives details that the use of cards would require punters to preload it with funds to enjoy video poker machine games. These cards will be managed similarly to those of the Opal public transport network. Considering New South Wales has over 95,000 poker machines that generate over 1 billion in taxes, Michael thinks that the use of cards is a way of automatically linking to the jurisdiction’s self-exclusion catalogue for those with gambling problems.
Other Related Legislation That Could Affect NSW Gamblers
The proposal on using government-issued cards comes a week after Gladys Berejiklian, a member of the New South Wales Premier, released draft legislation meant to bring in series of measures that will help reduce gambling-related harm to the Premier State. Victor Dominello from Liberal Party, who deals with responsible gambling, also promoted the draft legislation saying that the new clause would require venues with poker machines to use facial recognition technology to help identify those with problem gambling.
What the Politician Recommends
The newspaper recounted that the father of four, Daley, is worried about the government using the recording biometrics to track people’s activities through the card. Michael also recognized that there is no doubt that a bi-partisan is ready to do something about problem gambling, yet he also thinks the government-issued cards might be used against the New South Wales residents. Michael believes that the government should instead look for ways to save jobs.
Michael told the Sydney Morning Herald that the announcements by Dominello stink of the greyhound’s debacle in 2016, where the entire industry was ambushed without a single warning or consultation. He said that measures like the ones announced by Dominello could devastate the clubs and pubs sector, especially when they are fighting to survive during this COVID-19 pandemic.