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

 

Gambling Double Standards

NEWS RELEASE

22 December 2002

GAMBLING DOUBLE STANDARDS

“It’s an inconsistent silence from the enemies of gambling,” says Gaming Machine Association.

Lotto is on a roll, and good luck to them … but where are the cries of anguish from Dave McPherson and his anti-gambling colleagues.

That’s the question from the Gaming Machine Association of New Zealand (GMANZ).

“When pokie machines provide opportunities which attract the punters to perhaps win a maximum of one thousand dollars, there’s pain, protest and pity swimming in every publication that’s happy to publish Mr McPherson’s moaning,” says GMANZ independent chairman, Garry Ward.

“Lotto’s predicts a $17 million power ball pool for this week, gamblers will be clambering for tickets, and good luck to them. Add to that, the stated intention from Lotto to allow the jackpot to get to $30 million next year before it must be divvied up and you start to talk massive, massive money,” he says.

“Not a word from Mr McPherson,” says GMANZ.

“His selective pot-shotting at the pokies (which returns to the community double the amount Lotto manages to) doesn’t reflect well on his organisation’s consistency or willingness to recognise that there are spending magnets out there, other than pokies.

“Even the TAB got into $2 million territory on the weekend, and Mr McPherson managed to stay quietly in his saddle when that occurred.

“Merry Christmas everyone – from the pokies people… including those opposed to what pokies are all about …having a sensible flutter, being entertained and raising money for the community,” is the wish from Garry Ward and his members.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On How National’s ”New” Welfare Plan Resurrects A Past Failure


Sam Uffindell’s defenders keep reminding us that he was only 16 at the time of the King’s College incident, and haven’t we all done things in our teens that, as adults, we look back on with shame and embarrassment? True. Let's be honest. Haven’t we all at one time or another, joined a gang and beaten a smaller, younger kid black and blue with wooden clubs? In that respect, Uffindell’s defenders on the streets of Tauranga risk sounding a bit like the psychiatrist Kargol played by Graham Chapman on Monty Python. Some of the media commentary has also noted how the Uffindell saga has taken the shine off National’s good poll results and distracted us all from the unveiling of an important welfare policy at the recent National Patty conference. OK… So let's put the spotlight back on that welfare policy...
More>>




 
 

National: Food Prices Climb Taking Kiwis Backwards
Kiwi families continue to battle runaway food prices, National’s Finance spokesperson Nicola Willis says... More>>



Transport & Infrastructure: Have Your Say On The Future Of Inter-regional Passenger Rail In New Zealand

The Transport and Infrastructure Committee has opened an inquiry into the future of inter-regional passenger rail in New Zealand. The aim of the inquiry is to find out what the future could hold for inter-regional passenger rail... More>>


National: Sam Uffindell Stood Down Pending Investigation
Tauranga MP Sam Uffindell has been stood down from the National Party caucus pending an investigation into further allegations about his past behaviour, says National Party Leader Christopher Luxon... More>>



Government: Tax Break To Boost Long-term Rental Supply
The Government is encouraging more long-term rental options by giving developers tax relief for as long as the homes are held as long-term rentals, the Housing Minister Megan Woods has announced... More>>


National: NZ Migrant Arrivals Hit Lowest Mark Since 1990s
Today’s net migration figures show that Labour has failed to deliver the desperately needed skilled migrants they promised, meaning labour shortages will persist into the future, National’s Immigration spokesperson Erica Stanford says... More>>


Green Party: Abuse Revelations Leave No Choice But To Overhaul RSE Scheme
The Green Party is calling on the Government to overhaul the Recognised Seasonal Employers scheme in the wake of revelations of shocking human rights violations... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels