Gambling

Andrew is a strong advocate for poker machine reform. Of the 600,000 Australians who play poker machines weekly, 15 per cent are problem gamblers. They lose almost $5 billion each year, a staggering figure pointing to the scale of the tragedy associated with poker machines. Problem gamblers routinely lose everything including their jobs, family and friends, homes, minds and sometimes even their lives.

After the 2010 election, Andrew negotiated a deal with Prime Minister Julia Gillard for mandatory pre-commitment on all poker machines. In 2012, the Prime Minister reneged on the deal and Andrew withdrew his support for the Government. Andrew then negotiated improvements to the Government’s watered-down poker machine reforms. He was critical when the Abbott Government repealed these reforms with the support of Labor. Andrew continues to push for reform and recently introduced a Bill to implement, among other things, the Productivity Commission’s recommendations of $1 bets and mandatory pre-commitment.

Andrew is critical of the Labor and Liberal parties for accepting donations from the pokies industry and argues State Governments are among the worse pokies addicts of all due to their reliance on gambling taxes. He has also been an outspoken critic of the Tasmanian Government’s monopoly deal with Federal Hotels.

Question to the Prime Minister, 20 Sep 2012

Media release: Gambling donations “dirty money”, 5 Feb 2013

Media release: A statement regarding the downturn in pokies revenue in Tasmania, 24 Nov 2013

Media release: Government on the take, 9 Dec 2013

Media release: A statement on the pokies industry’s political donations, 3 Feb 2014

Media release: Poker machines still stink, 24 Nov 2014

Gambling Harm Reduction (Protecting Problem Gamblers and Other Measures) Bill 2014, introduced 24 Nov 2014

Media relase: A statement on the Third Social and Economic Impact Study of Gambling in Tasmania, 26 Mar 2015

Media release: A statement on Clubs Australia’s accusation that I’m a liar, 2 Apr 2015

Media release: Dirty money and dirty deals: Pollies caught in bed with pokies barons, 28 Jul 2015

Media release: A statement on Federal Group’s blackmail threat, 16 Sep 2015

Media release: A statement on today’s Tasmanian gambling report, 18 Nov 2015

Media release: The Federal Group, dodgy deals and blackmail, 15 Dec 2015

Media release: Prime Minister sells out on poker machine reform, 2 Mar 2016

Andrew is critical of the rapid proliferation of online gambling and pushes for federal reform to curb predatory gambling websites.

Andrew was chair of the Parliamentary Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform which conducted inquiries into online gambling and other matters in 2011 and 2013.

Committee report: Inquiry into interactive and online gambling and gambling advertising, 8 Dec 2011

Committee report: Inquiry into Interactive Gambling Amendment (Virtual Credits) Bill 2013, 24 Jun 2013

Media release: A statement regarding Tom Waterhouse’s business sale, 9 Aug 2013

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