Formerly Howard ministry head and current director of the Center for Social Impact, Professor Peter Shergold is to lead a new advisory group on online gambling The Ministerial Advisory Group on Gambling has been created as part of an agreement between the Labor government and Tasmanian independent MP Andrew Wilkie as part of discussions after the Federal Election determine hung parliament.Professor Peter Shergold has returned to the University of New South Wales to the main CSI after 20 years when he was secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and the cabinet, the country's most senior official.
Center for Social Impact gathers Not for Profit, philanthropic, business and the public sector and is based at the University of NSW. The Minister for Families, Housing, Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, the Assistant Treasurer Bill Shorten, the Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie and Senator Nick Xenophon had discussions yesterday to advance reform of gambling addiction, including implementation of the 'pre-commitment 'technology for poker machines in 2014. Pre-commitment technology allows players to log in to the poker machines via smartcards, USB thumb drives and other devices that will identify them to poker machine networks.
They allow poker machine operators to minimize gambling problems by, for example, to set limits for how much money players can spend.The group committed to working in close partnership and in consultation with state and territory governments, industry and the social sector to tackle problem gambling including implementation of the 'pre-commitment' technology, ATM withdrawal limits in venues with poker machines (excl. casinos) and poker machine 'dynamic warning' and 'cost of play' screens. This new committee will provide advice to Jenny Macklin,
Bill Shorten and the Prime Minister on a full response to the recommendations in the 2010 Productivity Commission report Casin o Games Committee will also provide input to the position, the Australian Government will take to COAG Select Council on Gambling. it is expected that a decision to set up the parliamentary committee will be put to the European Parliament in the first meeting week.The Productivity Commission estimates that there are between 80,000 and 160,000 problem gamblers. Additionally, there are between 230,000 and 350,000 people at moderate risk.