Poker machines

Andrew is a strong advocate for poker machine reform. Of the 600,000 Australians who play poker machines weekly, 15 per cent are gambling addicts. They lose almost $5 billion a year. Gambling addicts 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 He was critical when the Abbott Government repealed these reforms with the support of Labor.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 introduced a Bill to implement, among other things, the Productivity Commission’s recommendations of $1-maximum bets and mandatory pre-commitment.

Andrew is critical of the Labor and Liberal parties for accepting donations from the poker machine industry and argues State Governments are among the worst poker machine addicts of all due to their reliance on gambling taxes.

In Tasmania, Andrew supports removing poker machines from pubs and clubs and more effective harm minimisation in casinos. He has also been an outspoken critic of the Tasmanian Government’s monopoly deal with Federal Hotels.

Andrew has also exposed the troubling tactics of the poker machine industry including poker machine tampering at Crown Casino and Woolworths spying on poker machine users. These are now subject to investigation.

Online gambling

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.

Sports betting

Andrew supports the limited ban on betting ads from live sporting events on TV and radio before 8.30pm. The ban is a good first step, but the Government should go further and ban all gambling ads during children’s viewing times and extend the G-rating to cover things like the Big Bash. Andrew has campaigned for such a ban for years because gambling ads in sports broadcasts during G-rated viewing periods is normalising gambling for children and has to stop.

Media and speeches

Media release, Crown not fit to operate any casino in Australia, 9 Feb 2021

Media Release, Melbourne and Perth Crown Casinos must suspend operations, 4 Nov 2020

Andrew introduces the Making Gambling Businesses Accountable Bill in Parliament, 26 Oct 2020

Media Release: If it’s stolen, give it back: rule should apply to gambling giants, 26 Oct 2020

Poker machines

The Wilkie Report April 2020: A month without pokies – do the maths, 24 April 2020

Opinion piece, New pokies plan leaves the taxpayers with a $350 million tab, 30 Jan 2020

Media release, Fifty new poker machines in Tasmania – odds are they will be dumped in Glenorchy, 30 Jan 2020

Opinion piece: White, Labor must do the right thing on pokies, 3 September 2018

Media release: A statement on the Tasmanian Liberal Party pokies policy, 9 Jan 2018

Campaign launch: Pokies are the problem, 29 Nov 2017

Media release: ALP pokies policy a win for the community and common sense, 13 Dec 2017

Media release: Wilkie calls for Raiders to reimburse gambling addict, 5 Dec 2017

Opinion piece: Time to pull the plug on pokies, 20 June 2017

Media release: Glenorchy mobilises against more poker machines, 7 Oct 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media release: Poker machines still stink, 24 Nov 2014

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

Media release: Government on the take, 9 Dec 2013

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

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

Question to the Prime Minister, 20 Sep 2012

Online gambling

<aMedia release: Ban on gambling ads during live sports broadcasts a good first step but should extend to all kids viewing times, 6 May 2017

Media release: Parliament to today debate TV gambling advertising, 7 Nov 2016

Media release: Big four banks profiting from problem gambling, 1 Dec 2016

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

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

Media release: Ban on gambling ads during live sports broadcasts a good first step but should extend to all kids viewing times, 6 May 2017

Media release: Parliament to today debate TV gambling advertising, 7 Nov 2016

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