National gaming standard urged By Federal Goverment

VICTORIAN Gaming Minister John Pandazopoulos today called on the Federal Government to adopt a national standard for the gaming industry.

Mr Pandazopoulos accused the Federal Government of running away from tough gaming decisions needed to combat problem gambling.

He said the Government had not rescheduled a meeting of gaming ministers that was cancelled last October.

“Even requests from Senator (Richard) Alston’s Liberal counterparts in South Australia for a meeting to develop responsible gaming policies have fallen on deaf ears,” Mr Pandazopoulos said.

Player-protection measures installed on poker machines could be achieved only through a national approach, he added.

“This could include (showing) the chances of winning, displaying length of time played and expressing monetary value rather than just credits,” he said.