Social group concerned at scrapping of gambling reforms

    UnitingCare Australia, a social services organization, says it’s disappointed at the federal government’s decision to overturn gambling reforms that would have required voluntary pre-commitment on poker machines, dynamic warnings and set a $250 daily ATM withdrawal limit in gaming venues. UnitingCare Australia National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds urged the government to reconsider the decision, citing figures that 40 percent of the industry’s profits on pokies come from people with a serious gambling problem. A further 20 percent come from those with a moderate, or developing problem.