Labor announces major gambling reforms



NSW Labor will run a 12-month trial of cashless playing cards and ban political donations from clubs if it wins the next election.

Opposition leader Chris Minns announced the plans on Monday after weeks of back and forth with the government about the best approach to gambling addiction and money laundering via slots.

A ban on the Labor Party taking donations from slot machine clubs would take effect immediately and under a Labor government it would become law, Mr Minns said.

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Should it win the next election, the Labor Party would also introduce cash feed-in limits of $500 on all new slot machines from July 2023.

The limit would represent a tenfold increase from the current limit of $5,000, with the party saying it would also lower input limits in existing older machines where possible.

Mr Minns opposed Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet’s proposal to introduce cashless playing cards, asking for more evidence of how the system would work.

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If Labor wins the next election, a 12-month trial of the cards, starting in July 2023, would be carried out in a limited number of locations, with at least 500 machines in a mix of metro and regional areas.

The process would be overseen by an independent panel composed of industry representatives, law enforcement, gambling and health experts, and academics.

Mr Minns said a $100 million fine paid by Star Casino would be used to reimburse participating venues for the loss of revenue caused by the lawsuit.

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