State of Victoria’s Parliament Passes Poker Machine Extension Bill

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The state of Victoria saw a bill extending local poker machine licences extended until 2042. The piece of legislation has already passed the state parliament, despite the fact that some local politicians had made some efforts to prevent such a law from being passed, or at least, delay it.

The new bill which extended the licences of poker machines in the state of Victoria passed the upper house last night. As mentioned above, previously, a group of Members of the Parliament have tried to delay the bill amid the ongoing investigation of Crown casino. In October, the gambling operator has been accused in tampering with some poker machines and deliberately concealing some illegal practices.

The extension of poker machines licences has been backed by the Alliance for Gambling Reform, which reminded that they were not expected to expire until 2022. In addition, according to one of the organizations that have been lobbying for introduction of certain limits on poker machines, the Alliance for Gambling Reform, the extension of these licences would lock gambling revenue of A$70 billion for operators of pokies. According to the AGR, the poker machines licences extension would end up generating poker machine losses of A$70 billion over the following two decades and a half.

Apart from the fact that the bill is to extend the duration of poker machines’ licence to 2042, it is to also limit the number of pokies across the state of Victoria. In other words, the piece of legislation is to block the addition of more poker machines in the state. In addition, under the new bill, local players will face some withdrawal limits per day and last, but not least, gambling advertising in public spaces is to be restrained.


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