The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will discuss the letter he sent to the President of the Raiders Belconnen club in relation to losses on poker machines by Professor Laurie Brown. He will be joined by Professor Brown and her partner Dr John Formby.
“The fact that Professor Brown lost over $230,000 on poker machines at Raiders Belconnen is appalling,” Mr Wilkie said. “And it’s made all the worse by the fact that, according to media reports, the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission found that Professor Brown’s losses were the result of Raiders Belconnen failing to record signs she had a gambling problem.
“It’s now time for Raiders Belconnen to go some way to putting things right and immediately reimburse Professor Brown, which is why I have written to the club President. More broadly the Club must put in place measures to ensure that this doesn’t happen again to other people.
“But in any case, the fact is that this would not have happened if effective harm minimisation measures had been in place on the poker machines in the club or if poker machines had been removed from the club entirely. There is an unprecedented level of support for reform in the community which is what I’m hearing loud and clear from around Australia.
“Professor Brown’s case is tragic but hopefully it will fuel the case for meaningful poker machine reform.”