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“Neither mandatory pre-commitment or lowering maximum bets will help problem gamblers. I’ve witnessed problem gambling in the community and I believe the only way to treat it is through counselling and education. I’m greatly concerned that in making clubs spend $3 billion to install the technology, all the Government will actually achieve is to put people out of work and strip money from the charities and sporting groups that clubs support.” – Father Chris Riley. Founder, Youth Off The Streets.

– Father Chris Riley. Founder, Youth Off The Streets.

clubs and hotels agree with Father chris riley.
Clubs and Pubs agree with Father Chris Riley that more resources for counselling and education is the best way to tackle problem gambling. Our evidence-based approach has seen the rate of problem gambling in NSW halved over the past four years to 0.4%.

eXPerts say gillard’s laws
’T WORK WON
The Gillard Government’s proposed gambling laws won’t work because: 1 Problem gamblers will still be able to bet on racing, sports or online without restriction. 2 Problem gamblers will be the first to get a licence. 3 Problem gamblers will be able to set their own limits as high as they like.

THE LAWS FAILED OVERSEAS.
“In Sweden … they found that people will often set 24 hours a day on time limits, or they will set limits very much higher than what they would otherwise spend.”
– Associate Professor Paul Delfabbro, The National Association of Gambling Studies.

LOWER BETS ARE NOT THE ANSWER.
“It will cost pubs and clubs $3 billion to implement mandatory pre-commitment or $1 bet limits and there is no evidence either measure will help.”
– Ross Ferrar, CEO Gaming Technologies Association.

PROBLEM GAMBLERS MAY BET MORE.
“I think there may in fact be an unintended consequence where gamblers set higher limits and then will gamble more amounts of money to meet those particular limits.”
– Professor Alex Blaszczynski, Director of the University of Sydney’s Gambling Treatment Clinic.

THE GOVERNMENT’S GOT IT WRONG.
“For the past two years, I have asked the real “experts’’ what they think of pre-commitment. I am reluctantly coming to the view that the government’s proposal may not be the way to go.”
– Psychiatrist, Dr Clive Allcock who has worked with problem gamblers for nearly 30 years.

If gambling is a problem for you please call the Gambling Help Line on 1800 858 858.

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