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

 


People Before Pokies

Wednesday 3 November

People Before Pokies

There is a brief opportunity for the community to tell MPs our views on a fairer distribution of funds from pokie machines to ensure more money goes back into the communities it was lost from.

The Gambling (Gambling Harm Reduction) Amendment Bill will be voted on in Parliament on Wednesday 10 November. Downtown Community Ministry (DCM) urges people to contact your local MP urgently and encourage them to support the Bill.

Stephanie McIntyre, Director of DCM, says “Although this is a conscience vote, we hope MPs will take this opportunity and act responsibly to help our communities.”

“In order for the Bill to pass its first reading and go to a Select Committee, we need to encourage as many MPs as we can to support it,” she says.

The Bill calls for the phasing out of the distribution of funds through “pokie trusts” within a year, with responsibility for this going to a committee of local authorities in order to increase the proportion of money going back to its originating community. Also, the Bill proposes measures to decrease player harm, such as introduction of pre-paid cards and player tracking. Both these measures have been successful internationally.

“This Bill is a real step forward and will enable communities to reduce the number, or even eliminate, pokie machines from areas where they are particularly concentrated, and are doing considerable harm,” says Stephanie.

In low socio-economic areas, there is one pokie machine for every 75 people; while wealthier areas have a ratio of one to 465. This highlights the problem of pokie machines being disproportionately concentrated in communities that can’t afford the economic, social and health related costs.

DCM encourages you to support your community and contact your local MP with your views on the Bill, and in turn, encourage them to follow their social conscience.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Royals: The Prince Of Wales And Duchess Of Cornwall To Visit

Prime Minister John Key welcomes today’s announcement that the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit New Zealand in November. This will be the second joint visit for Their Royal Highnesses to New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Tracey Martin Replaced: Ron Mark Is New New Zealand First Deputy Leader

Clayton Mitchell was the successful candidate for the Associate Whip position. Winston Peters was re-elected as Leader by the Caucus. Ron Mark was elected as the Deputy Leader with effect from 10am, Friday, 3rd July. More>>

ALSO:

Rebuild Rebrand: "Regenerate Christchurch" To Replace CERA

The regeneration of Christchurch will be the city’s focus for the next five years as local leadership progressively takes control of the rebuild, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

ALSO:

Nauru: Scholars Urge Minister To Act On Deteriorating Democracy

“Since the 2013 election in Nauru, there has been a series of disturbing developments on the islands that indicate a severe deterioration in the state of its parliamentary democracy and in the rule of law,” say the scholars. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: NZ Begins Presidency Of UN Security Council

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed the start of New Zealand’s month-long Presidency of the United Nations Security Council in New York. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Cash For Charter Schools, Mould For State Schools

“Recently released financial statements show the Whangarei charter school He Puna Marama received $3.9 million in government funding to the end of last year. Yet their audited accounts show they only spent $1.4 million on education, leaving almost $2.5 million over two years unaccounted for." More>>

ALSO:

Kiwirail Plans Shift From Electric: National Urged Not To Take Backwards Step

The National Government shouldn’t drag New Zealand backwards by replacing its climate friendly electric trains with carbon-polluting diesel trains, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Capital Connection:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news