26 October, 2021
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The Alliance for Gambling Reform has today welcomed the Victorian Government’s response to the Royal Commission report which has found Crown unfit to hold a casino operating licence.
The Alliance for Gambling Reform’s Chief Advocate, Reverend Tim Costello says:
“The extensive evidence revealed during the royal commission, especially from those with lived experience, speaks for itself. It’s clear from the damning findings that Crown has been unfit to operate a casino for quite some time. After this, they’ll never be the same.
“This is a vindication of what we’ve been saying for years; that these Casinos are enabling and profiting from organised crime that has caused extensive harm to the Victorian community.”
The Alliance for Gambling Reform’s Chief Executive Officer, Gordon Ramsay says:
“We warmly welcome the Victorian Government’s response today - indicating that it is accepting all 33 of the recommendations of the Commission and introducing legislation to address 9 in parliament this week.
“We’re now looking forward to working alongside the Minister and Premier as the remaining 24 recommendations are implemented fully, swiftly and effectively. The ongoing work on proper harm minimisation measures will be a further measure of success”
Anna Bardsley, who lost ten years of her life to poker machines, and is the Alliance’s Voices for Reform Coordinator says:
“This is a huge win for everyone impacted by Crown’s predatory practices. For too long we’ve let casino tycoons in this country get away with inflicting gambling harm on our communities. Today, we’re saying “No more!” ”
The Alliance is available for further comment.
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