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SA crossbenchers want gambling reforms

AAP logoAAP 27/07/2016

South Australian gamblers would be restricted to a $1 limit on pokie bets under changes proposed by state crossbenchers.

MPs from the Greens, Family First, Dignity for Disability and the Nick Xenophon Team also want EFTPOS facilities to be removed from gaming areas, reversing the effects of legislation introduced by the government last year.

"To make it easier for these vulnerable people to access their money was a bad move and it is now time to rectify it," NXT MP John Darley said on Wednesday.

"I have always opposed EFTPOS facilities in gaming venues and the government should take this opportunity to admit they made a mistake."

The state Labor government has previously described the use of EFTPOS machines in venues as an effective means for staff to keep an eye on problem gamblers.

MPs also want coin dispensing machines to be removed from gaming areas and barring orders to be strengthened.

Greens MP Tammy Franks said limiting pokie bets to $1 was a "common sense reform that won't affect most players" but would help to limit losses among problem gamblers.

The maximum pokie bet in SA was cut from $10 to $5 in 2013.

Federal crossbenchers Nick Xenophon and Andrew Wilkie have also called for $1 pokie bets to be mandated at a national level.

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