Smyth asks what the Government is playing at with pokies?


BRENDAN Smyth says Andrew Barr needs to explain his intentions for the community club gaming model in the ACT.

“Mixed messages from Andrew Barr have been reported in the media. His office has been reported saying there could be an increase in poker machine numbers, so 500 could go to the casino. Mr Barr has refuted that,” Brendan said.

“The Canberra Liberals support the community club gaming model. Poker machine gaming should remain with community based institutions who support the community with jobs, various facilities, safe local meeting places and numerous sporting and recreational facilities. As locals, they are also in a better position to manage the issues surrounding problem gambling.

“It’s time there was some clarity around this issue because at the moment Andrew Barr isn’t providing any. There is a fundamental decision the Chief Minister needs to answer. Chief Minister, do you support the community club gaming model as it stands in the ACT?” Mr Smyth concluded.

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