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Hospice benefits from gaming machine funding

Judith Collins National Internal Affairs Spokesperson

16 May 2003

Hospice benefits from gaming machine funding

The Government's plans to centralise the distribution of gaming machine funding could put centres like the South Auckland Hospice at risk, says National Internal Affairs Spokesperson Judith Collins.

"The lobby against keeping gaming machine funding local would have the public believe that pokie money goes into boozy clubs. In my electorate I see gaming machine funding helping cancer patients and their families cope with the stressful ordeal of cancer.

"South Auckland Hospice has been able to keep bureaucracy and administration to a minimum so that it can focus on patient care, thanks to a very large extent by donations from gaming machine funds.

"This hospice will be at risk if the Government's proposal to centralise gaming machine funds goes ahead. This hospice will have no guarantees that it can meet the criteria set by a central dispersing trust.

"South Auckland Hospice patients can be in a comfortable and caring environment because money paid into gaming machines in local clubs and pubs is being distributed in a fair way to local deserving recipients.

"The use of this pokie machine funding locally helps to make the life of seriously ill people that little more enjoyable. Long may this system be maintained," said Ms Collins.


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