For immediate release – 21 October 2014
Gambling venues are unsuitable for childcare and aged care, and the prospect of tax concessions should not be the motivation for ClubsNSW to provide such services, the President of the NSW Council of Churches, the Reverend Dr Ross Clifford, said today.
NSW Premier Mike Baird last week signed a memorandum of understanding with ClubsNSW whereby clubs would provide “community care services” in return for tax concessions under the ClubGrants scheme.
“NSW has half the nation’s poker machines. If this proposal goes ahead, more parents will dump their children at the local club and spend their valuable time and money on the pokies,” Dr Clifford said.
“It won’t fix the childcare crisis, it won’t curb problem gambling, and it won’t build strong families. It will only lead to more pain and suffering, for children as well as parents. I call on Premier Mike Baird to strengthen his resolve and renew his commitment to NSW families by dropping the proposal,” Dr Clifford said.
A report commissioned by ClubsNSW earlier in 2014 recommended the NSW government amend the ClubGrants scheme to allow clubs to invest in on-site childcare or aged care facilities.
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