Kevin Andrews Wrong on Pre-Commitment Trial

ClubsACT Chief Executive, Jeff House, today categorically rejected the press release issued by Kevin Andrews today regarding the proposed trial of pre-commitment technology in the Australian Capital Territory.

“The first line of Mr Andrews press release states that ‘Revelations ClubsACT will oppose Labor’s purported trial of mandatory pre-commitment’. This is simply wrong.

“I was contacted earlier today by Mr Andrews office and was asked about the status of the trial. I explained that I would be holding a meeting of members of ClubsACT on the 21st of February and would likely confirm our position that we would not consider participating in the trial until after the federal election. This clearly does not constitute a decision to oppose the trial. ClubsACT’s position of giving in-principle support still stands.

“The Coalition’s opposition to mandatory pre-commitment is a matter for them but underscores the clear need for ClubsACT to wait until the outcome of the federal election before significant money and effort is expended on commencing and running a trial.

“I continue to work with Jenny Macklin and her department on the proposed trial. I also continue to sit on the Oversight Committee which is due to meet in the next two weeks.

“Enough politics has been had with this issue”.

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Ends//12 February 2013.