Future Gaming Market reforms officially pass Parliament

Michael Ferguson,Minister for Finance

The Tasmanian Liberal Government will now get the Tasmanian Liquor and Gaming Commission to work on the feasibility and implementation of potential new harm minimisation measures for problem gamblers after the Gaming Control Amendment (Future Gaming Market) Bill officially passed through both Houses of Parliament today.

The Future Gaming Market policy ends the Federal Group monopoly and means we have more money for essential services such as health and education, certainty and security for jobs in pubs and clubs, and more support for problem gamblers.

Once again, our State is nation-leading in the area of gambling harm minimisation with strengthened measures to further reduce problem gambling.

I will now instruct the Tasmanian Liquor and Gaming Commission to give advice to the Goverment on potential options to implement a smart card-based identification system to enable setting limits on gaming losses in advance. This holds potential to play a major role in harm-minimisation.

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