Pokie safety measure delayed

July 3, 2024 4:54 pm in by

No other interim harm minimisation measures have yet to be floated by the state government on Tasmania’s pre-commitment gaming card being delayed until late next year.

The company responsible for mounting the system requires more time.

Minister and member for Rosevears Jo Palmer assures the government remains committed to the scheme

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“We acknowledge that this is nation leading reform, this is brand new technology and with that comes complexities and while we are disappointed that there will be a delay, we want to make sure that we get this right.”

TasCOSS CEO, Ms Adrienne Picone, acknowledged the Tasmanian Government’s commitment to introducing a nation-leading, mandatory card-based system, but in light of the significate delay called on the Government to immediately introduce evidence-based harm reduction measures.

“While disappointed by this delay, we welcome the Government restating its commitment to implementing a pre-commitment gaming card. In the interim, we urge the Government to introduce simple harm reduction design features on poker machine, such as $1 bet limits and slower spin speeds,” Ms Picone said.