Victoria Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu
Victoria Shadow Minister for Gaming Michael O’ Brien
No New Casino In Victoria Under A Baillieu Government
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No new casino will be built in Victoria under a Baillieu Government, Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Leader Ted Baillieu said today.
“Victorians do not want their state to become more dependent on gambling revenue, yet Labor has massively expanded gambling in Victoria without any community consultation.” Mr. Baillieu said.
“A Baillieu Government will not issue any additional Casino Licences in Victoria and it has not been our Policy to pursue a Second Casino Licence.”
“Our position sends a clear message that the expansion of gambling in Victoria that has occurred under Labor over the last 11 years has reached its limit.”
“Labor has supported the development of a second casino in Victoria, and Premier John Brumby has even established an inter-departmental committee to examine such a development.” Mr. Baillieu said.
“That process will end under a Coalition Government, which will not permit a new Casino to be built in Victoria.”
“Under John Brumby, there has been a massive expansion of gambling in Victoria with little or no public consultation or debate, despite a growing tide of public anger and discontent about the impact of problem gambling.” Mr. Baillieu said.
Shadow Minister for Gaming Michael O’Brien said Labor had ignored community concerns about the proliferation of gambling in the community.
“Labor has bypassed its own Responsible Gambling Ministerial Advisory Council, snubbing the industry and community representatives on the council, and undermining the Community Advocate on Gambling by refusing to fill the position after the initial appointee resigned.” Mr. O’Brien said.
The Coalition recognises that any significant expansion of gambling in Victoria is a sensitive issue on which the community must be properly consulted and its views appropriately considered.
“Until real, verifiable progress can be achieved in tackling the problem gambling that has arisen after Labor’s expansion of gaming activities over the last 11 years, there is no room for further expansion that can only add to the problems individuals and families face.” Mr. O’Brien said.