A day after the United Kingdom approved of slashing the maximum bet on fixed odds betting terminals to £2, an Australian MP wants to bring those same regulations to his country.
MP Andrew Wilkie made clear his desire to bring the stricter laws against pokie machines, which he claims preys on those vulnerable in society. He has tried to introduce different measures over the years, but noted that many of his fellow lawmakers don't share his same concern for the machines. He said that lawmakers should take the UK regulation steps as a wakeup call, especially given that Australians are the biggest losers in terms of gambling.
Speaking to ABC News Wilkie said, "The Federal Government has it within its power to legislate for $1 maximum bets, as well as other harm minimization measures like mandatory pre-commitment. Unfortunately, the Government has shown itself to be thoroughly uninterested when it comes to reining in poker machines."
Whether or not these changes actually take place is up for debate, but Casino Listings News will keep up on the story and will update readers as we learn more.