Gambling

Gambling

Problem gambling is a serious public health issue that negatively affects individuals, families and communities. Read the full policy.

(Adopted August 2014) 

Principles

The Queensland Greens believe that:

1. Problem gambling is a serious public health issue that negatively affects individuals, families and communities.

2. Self regulation and voluntary codes of conduct have failed to protect the public interest. Government should act to minimize exploitation and to help people overcome gambling problems by implementing evidenced based regulation. 

3. Government has a conflict of interest as regulator and taxing authority. This conflict has interfered with good governance.

4. The state budget should not depend on gambling revenue and it should be phased out as a revenue source.

5. No new casino licences should be issued in Queensland.

Aims

The Queensland Greens will:

1. Ensure there is a substantial reduction in the proportion of the population with gambling problems, by:

a. Poker machines set at a $1 bet limit per spin, $20 machine load up limits, $500 jackpot limits, as recommended by the Productivity Commission;

b. Improved voluntary pre-commitment and mandatory pre-commitment for high technology machines;

c. Capping cash winnings payable by machine at $100, and winnings payable by a cashier at $250, with additional winnings being payable only by cheque;

d. Ban on provision of cash withdrawal facilities and services at pokies venues;

e. Ban incentives to gamble, including free food and drink.

2. Is a systematic reduction in revenue derived from gambling, with set goals over time.

3. Introduce evidence based harm minimization and product safety measures to reduce the development of problem gambling and to assist gamblers to limit their expenditure.

4. Reform regulation and approval processes, including recognition and support for local Council and Community moratoriums on new gaming machines and gambling venues.

5. Introduce National Standards to avoid interstate 'competition' undermining proper regulation within states.

6. Establish a strong and genuinely independent statutory gambling regulator to minimise social and economic costs, and protect consumers and the public interest.

7. Reduce gambling promotion to children and in the media during children's viewing times. It should not be promoted at sporting events viewed by children.

8. Assess and address the full cost of gambling, including direct and indirect harm of problem gambling and gambling regulation, including the increased need for policing to address increased crime and money laundering.

9. Ban political donations from the gambling industry.

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