Clubs launch pokie scheme
THE Federal Government is facing a $ 20 million marketing campaign against its planned clampdown on problem gambling. The registered clubs movement, which launched the marketing campaign yesterday, will also consider a High Court challenge against the government if it forces poker machine reforms. The government wants a mandatory precommitment scheme in place by 2014 that will require gamblers to carry cards that will allow them to set betting limits before playing the pokies. States and territories, which reap millions of dollar in poker machine revenue each year, have been asked to sign up by May. The government has threatened to force the reforms if they don’t.