Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Don't Kill The Goose …….

17 April 2002

Presenting their submission on the Responsible Gambling Bill to the Select Committee today, the Gaming Machine Association of New Zealand (GMANZ) cautioned the Government not to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs, by imposing too many restrictions on the charitable gaming machine sector.

GMANZ spokesman Garry Ward, says New Zealand is one of the few countries in the world where all the profits from gaming machines outside Casino's are required by law to go to community and charitable causes.

"The impact of $200 million per year to the community should not be underestimated", he says, "and lumping too many costs and restrictions on this sector will reduce the money available for grants".

Ward says the proposed costs causing concern include the cost of electronic monitoring of the machines and a quadrupling of the Problem Gambling Levy.

"We have no problem with electronic monitoring, but if it is going to cost a lot, it is just using up money that would have otherwise gone to the community. Site operators are currently only allowed to claim "actual and reasonable" operating costs and this is audited by the Department of Internal Affairs. To date, there has been no prosecution or loss of licence for breaching these regulations that we are aware of."

"While we are also supportive of the Problem Gambling Levy, where is the justification for a fivefold increase over five years? The numbers of people who seek and receive treatment are relatively small (around 4,000 in 2001) compared to the number of New Zealanders who gamble (90%)", he says.

"The Lotteries Commission and the TAB are looking for ways to boost flagging sales with more inventive and sophisticated ways to get New Zealanders gambling, with little Government interference. Meanwhile, the Responsible Gambling Bill aims to put all sorts of restrictions and costs on the charity gaming machine sector, he says.

He says that in addition to the $200 million in community grants, the sector creates about 10,000 jobs that would not otherwise exist.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>

 

Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

ALSO:

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election