#1069 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 3 May 2015.
Commenting on the NSW government’s release of a detailed response to a recent Legislative Council inquiry into the impact of gambling, the President of the NSW Council of Churches says proposed reforms do not go far enough in addressing public health concerns.
The Reverend Dr Ross Clifford said he was particularly concerned the Baird government had indicated it would not support certain recommendations, such as reducing bet limits and jackpot limits, and restricting cash availability near poker machine venues.
He said, “We are disappointed that the NSW government won’t even agree to review current practice, let alone make the changes recommended in the inquiry report.
Dr Clifford said gambling reform was a significant moral and social issue of concern to churches and community groups, and must not be put on the back burner in favour of seemingly more popular issues.
He said it was important to be clear about any alleged links with the gambling industry.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.