In Sydney , Australia, the drive for cashless gaming alternatives for pokies or slot machines is expected to reach a snag. Lobby groups for the association of hotels and clubs have expressed clear resistance to the ideas, with the costs likely to impede the development of new business through pubs and clubs in New South Wales (NSW). The opposition groups argue that the framework of the new proposal would make small and medium-sized operators more costly.
Gamblers will be required to register and pre-load money on the gaming card by the proposed amendments to state laws. For problem gambling, the scheme will be linked to the state-run self-exclusion database.
The idea was called a “expensive solution” by ClubsNSW to be forced into clubs. Josh Landis, ClubsNSW chief executive, expressed to the media his concerns. He said: “The industry simply isn’t going to accept blindly any idea that lacks detail about cost impact.”
Michael Daley, the former NSW politician, remained critical of the proposed system. “Some of these measures could devastate pubs and clubs at a time when their survival is under threat and protecting jobs is paramount.”
“The NSW Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party also expressed scepticism about the proposal highlighting the privacy issues of prospective players, highlighting the concepts focused on “fallible and hackable cloud-based solutions.”
Robert Borsak then made a further statement to the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party, accusing the government of trying to harm smaller pubs and clubs.
“The economic impact on NRL and AFL sporting clubs, on community RSLs, bowling clubs, country pubs and their community support activities will be devastating.”
With Tania Mihailuk challenging the feasibility of the plan on Twitter, other senior NSW politicians have expressed their disdain for the idea:
— Tania Mihailuk (@TaniaMihailukMP) October 6, 2020
Although the opposition continues its initiative, the reform of the Alliance for Gambling has expressed its support for solving the issue of gambling.
Tim Costello, the chief lobbyist for the Gambling Reform Alliance, has been delighted with the discussions so far. “It is immensely encouraging to have a minister responsible for gambling in NSW seeking significant reform to support people experiencing issues with gambling, and also speaking about the harms poker machines do in what is effectively the non-casino pokies capital of the world,” he said.