Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search


Problem Gambling Compromise Necessary: Flavell

The sponsor of the bill to address problem gambling says changes necessary to get it passed has reduced its impact, but it was still worth doing.

Te Ururoa Flavell said the Gambling (Gambling Harm Reduction) Amendment Bill was intended to minimise the harm caused by problem gambling which troubled too many communities.

Flavell said he did not have the luxury of waiting and had to compromise to make some progress.

Maori had three times the risks of problem gambling addiction and it was this glaring reality which led to the Maori Party’s determination to work on the issue.

The bill would help, but there had been changes due to the Maori Party having to compromise with National to ensure it passed, Flavell said.

``The bill is far less impressive than the one which introduced,’’ he said.

Flavell said he would continue to chisel away to make incremental change.

Labour MP Ruth Dyson said there had been heated debate in select committee and many upset submitters.

Flavell’s motivation in bringing the bill was exemplary and it was Parliament’s duty to reduce the opportunities for problem gamblers to abuse their addiction.

``I really regret what the committee did with the bill in the end… and the deal that was done,’’ Dyson said.

Flavell had the choice of walking away from the bill, which Dyson said she would have done in his place, but he had chosen to compromise to get some progress.

However she did not believe the bill made any progress and in fact would make things worse.

The bill completed its second reading by 63 to 57 with a personal vote held

MPs returned to the interrupted first reading debate on the Employment Relations (Statutory Minimum Redundancy Entitlements) Amendment Bill.

Earlier MPs completed part one of the Prohibition of Gang Insignia in Government Premises Bill at 5.25pm by 69 to 51 with National, NZ First, ACT, Peter Dunne and Brendon Horan in favour.

The committee stage was completed and the bill was reported with amendment.

** is a breaking news source for New Zealand parliamentary business featuring broadcast daily news reports.

© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Dunne Speaks: Labour Leadership Speculation Premature And Facile
Speculation that the Prime Minister’s leadership of the Labour Party may be at risk because of this week’s adverse poll results is as exaggerated as it is premature and facile. While her popularity has plummeted from the artificially stellar heights of a couple of years ago and is probably set to fall further to what would be a more realistic assessment... More>>

Keith Rankin: Some Important But Little Known Facts About Taiwan

The nuclear clock is closer than ever (since 1962) to 'midnight'. Taiwan and Ukraine are of course the two flashpoints. It is important that the citizens of the world understand the key facts... More>>

Dunne Speaks: Aspirations Are All Very Well, But It's Getting It Right That Counts
In a weekend television interview, the Prime Minister pushed back on a suggestion her government is far better at talking about things than achieving them. She countered that “I would not ever change the fact that we have always throughout been highly aspirational…what you’re asking me essentially is to shy away from aspiration”... More>>

Ian Powell: Colossal ‘Porkies’ And Band-aids Don’t Make A Health Workforce Plan

On 1 August Minister of Health Andrew Little announced what he described as the start of a plan for the beleaguered workforce in Aotearoa New Zealand’s health system: Government’s 5 year late health workforce announcement. In October 2017, when Labour became government with its two coalition parties, it inherited a health workforce crisis from the previous National-led government... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: The Fuss About Monkeypox
The World Health Organization has been one of the easier bodies to abuse. For parochial types, populist moaners and critics of international institutions, the WHO bore the brunt of criticisms from Donald Trump to Jair Bolsonaro. Being a key institution in identifying public health risks, it took time assessing the threat posed by SARS-CoV-2 and its disease, COVID-19... More>>

Dunne Speaks: Time For MPs To Think For Themselves
One of the more frequently quoted statements of the Irish statesman and philosopher, Edmund Burke, was his observation that “Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgement, and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.”... More>>