For broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 8 Dec 2013.
The Reverend Fred Nile has called on all churches and church-based social welfare agencies to lodge submissions to an inquiry into the social impact of gambling in NSW.
The wide-ranging inquiry, to be chaired by Rev Nile, will focus on the design and regulation of electronic gaming machines, access to cash and credit in and around gaming venues, the regulation of telephone and internet gambling services and gambling advertising, and the adequacy and effectiveness of problem gambling help services, public health measures to reduce risk of gambling harm, and strategies and models for consumer protection.
NSW has half the nation’s poker machines, and more problem gamblers than any other state. NSW also has a stable government with the numbers needed to achieve historic gambling reform. Given the lack of political resolve at a federal level, it is crucial that NSW take the lead on sensible gambling reform.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.