Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Alexander: Net gambling not UF's doing

Media Statement For immediate release Tuesday, 9 September, 2003

Alexander: Net gambling not UF's doing

Key among United Future's contributions to the Gambling Bill currently before Parliament are the strengthening of mechanisms for helping problem gamblers, MP Marc Alexander said in Parliament today.

"And if that isn't family-friendly, then what is?" Mr Alexander, United Future's internal affairs spokesman, asked later.

"There is all sorts of political humbug and not a little confusion flying around at the moment, so for the record, once again, United Future did not bring the amendment to the Bill that would allow internet gambling.

"It was brought by the Government at the request of the Lotteries Commission, and this was confirmed in Parliament this afternoon by Internal Affairs Minister George Hawkins.

"Our influence on the bill was in some key areas, and it is good to see various parties recognising that.

"Yes, we brought through changes to the problem gambling levy that will ensure tax dollars are spent not only cost-effectively, but in a way that will ensure that those most in need will get help.

"And, yes, United Future secured local distribution of locally-raised profits, which will benefit emergency rescue organisations, sports and recreational clubs and church-based social service providers the length and breadth of this country," he said.

"And had the Greens had their way, that would have been centralised to death.

"Now Sue Bradford and various others are better informed on this matter, their future utterances will hopefully bear a closer relationship to the facts," Mr Alexander said.

"Although, frankly, I wouldn't bet on it."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Decision Day: Peters Chooses Labour

Winston Peters says he will form a Government in coalition with Labour and the Greens giving confidence and supply.

Peters said he had been offered the position of Deputy Prime Minister and a number of other ministerial posts would go to his colleagues

He said economic and monetary policy changes were needed to face a coming economic downturn.>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election