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Australia To Roll Back Gambling Reforms

Earlier this week the Guardian Newspaper in Australia reported that the government will be reversing a number of land gambling laws enacted by the former Labor government that was headed by Julia Gerard.

The move was reported by the Guardian Newspaper of Australia, and will lighten restrictions on pokie machines that were put into place by the previous government. The plan has multi-party support and would abolish the Australian National Gambling Regulator, remove gaming machine levies, stop ATM withdrawal limits, end the trial on mandatory pre-commitment technology, and remove dynamic warning provisions.

The move to reform the laws was introduced by the country's Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews, who said that the removal of the regulations will keep the federal government from overlapping with territorial laws.

Not everyone is in favor of the bill, as anti-gambling activists are coming out heavily against the measure. The Australian Labor Party's Jenny Macklin spoke about the bill, noting: “These were meaningful reforms aimed at tackling problem gambling. The bill before us removes all of the measures contained within the National Gambling Reform Act that would help problem gamblers. Despite this, Labor continues to support meaningful measures to tackle problem gambling in our communities.”

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