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

 


Going to the market for gambling services short-sighted

Going to the market for gambling services short-sighted

The Ministry of Health needs to provide a more robust explanation for its decision not to renew its contract with the Problem Gambling Foundation (PGF) than just that it got a better offer, says the Public Health Association (PHA).

“The Ministry denies it has cancelled the contract due the PGF’s outspoken criticism of government policy, and we have to take that at face value,” says PHA Chief Executive Warren Lindberg. “But the question then arises, why take gambling services to the market in the first place ­– especially when the Ministry has offered the Salvation Army exactly what it was paying the PGF?”

Mr Lindberg said gambling has come to be known as one of the ‘wicked problems’ we face as communities – alongside tobacco, alcohol, sexual health and suicide. ‘Wicked problems’ have multiple causes, mainly affect already disadvantaged communities, have no simple solutions and require long-term thinking, vision and skill.

“So it’s not a simple shopping expedition and there’s much more to the problem than price. The PGF is a highly respected organisation around the world and one that many countries envy for its effectiveness in reducing gambling harm. It has a skilled workforce and multi-faceted strategies already in place that have been developed over some time.

“These are incredibly valuable assets and to discard them now and start again is a waste of intellectual capacity and a waste of past investment in an organisational infrastructure that is already there and working. Throwing all this away because a better deal has come along is short-sighted.”

Mr Lindberg said that, in light of the move, it’s no wonder the public health sector is currently fragmented, nervous and wary of long-term planning.

“The Government has signed the Kia Tutahi Agreement which is meant to build mutual respect and partnership between itself and non-government sectors. But, so casually setting aside the kind of investment in excellence that has characterised the PGF, and squandering the employment of so many skilled people, are perpetual reminders that no services contracted with public money can be taken for granted.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Road Crime: Wicked Campers Vans Classified As Objectionable

The definition of publication includes any "thing that has printed or impressed upon it, or otherwise shown upon it, 1 or more (or a combination of 1 or more) images, representations, signs, statements, or words", The Classification Office has previously classified such 'things' as billboards, t-shirts, and even a drink can. This is the first time the Classification Office has classified a vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

'When New' Repairs: Landmark EQC Settlement

The Earthquake Commission has cut a deal with 98 Canterbury homeowners that affirms the government entity's responsibility to repair earthquake-damaged property to a 'when new' state, as well as covering repairs for undamaged parts of a property and clarifying its position on cash settlement calculations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Kiwirail’s Latest Stint In The Dogbox

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society Report: Good Opportunities To Act Now On Climate Change

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news