NT Government minister accused of ‘abrogating responsibility’ over outback town poker machine plan – Agora Poker

NT Government minister accused of 'abrogating responsibility' over outback town poker machine plan

NT Government minister accused of 'abrogating responsibility' over outback town poker machine plan

Iris Capital is seeking approval for 60 more poker machines across Alice Springs. The Northern Territory’s Gaming Minister says he’s bound by protocol to stay silent on a plan to rollout dozens of new poker machines in the Central Australian town of Alice Springs.

Hospitality giant Iris Capital has applications in for 60 new pokies to be installed in pubs and hotels across the outback town, including in multiple venues where there were previously none.

The pokies would add to more than 100 new gaming machines that the firm has installed at Lasseters Casino since it took over the running of the Alice Springs venue last year.

The latest move has sparked backlash in the township from community members who say, if the company is successful in its bid, it will disproportionately affect some of the region’s most vulnerable residents.

Attorney General Chansey Paech, the only Northern Territory Government minister from Alice Springs, wouldn’t directly answer if he held concerns over the pokies plan. Northern Territory Gaming Minister Chansey Paech is facing questions over more poker machines being installed in Alice Springs.(ABC News: Matt Garrick) “It would be inappropriate for myself to make comments on that given that the application has the potential for an appeal,” Mr Paech said.

“I don’t want to be seen to be influencing the decision either way. Read more “I do, however, encourage people in Central Australia to make sure that they jump online [to the application process] and have their say.”

Mr Paech said the decision on whether or not to approve Iris’s applications rested with the territory’s Director of Gaming Machines, who, the government said, operates at an arm’s length from cabinet.

It comes as the NT Government on Monday released a number of changes to its Code of Practice for Responsible Gambling, including better signage and marking in gaming areas.

It publicly released the changes on the same day as one of the Iris Capital applications closed for submissions. Opponents say an increase in gambling will be problematic for Alice Springs.(ABC News: Bridget Judd) Pokies a political ‘hot potato’ Independent Alice Springs politician Robyn Lambley accused Mr Paech of […]

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