Interview with Charles Livingstone, Monash Uni

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Period20 Oct 2017

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  • TitleInterview with Charles Livingstone, Monash Uni
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletSky News
    Media typeTelevision
    Duration/Length/Size8 mins 24 secs
    DescriptionInterview with Charles Livingstone, Senior Lecturer, Monash University. Compere says independent MP Andrew Wilkie has accused both the Labor and Liberal Parties of 'grovelling to the poker machine industry' after the major parties declined to support a Senate inquiry into allegations made against Crown, with three former employees claiming Crown intentionally tampered with poker machines to increase gambling losses. She notes that the issue has also raised questions about the impact of gambling addiction in Australia. Livingston states that the real problem with the allegations is that if they are correct, it would mean Crown appears to be encouraging people with gambling problems to have worse problems. He reckons the problem is that the resources needed to keep on top of the regulation for huge enterprises are not provided to the massive regulators. He notes that the Victorian Auditor-General conducted an audit of the operation to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, and produced a scathing report that suggested they had dropped the ball on properly seeing the operations at Crown. He reckons the case is similar for the rest of Australia. He states that there is no doubt that more can be done to try and prevent gambling addiction in Australia. Compere mentions that Tim Costello from the Alliance for Gambling Reform says Australia's gambling industry is as powerful as the National Rifle Association in America. Livingstone says he agrees with the comment. Compere also notes that crossbench senators and the Greens are pushing for an independent inquiry into the allegations against Crown. Livingstone says he thinks this is needed to kickstart the reforms. He reckons a parliamentary committee is exactly the right place to get witnesses and to compel people to give evidence. However, he stresses that what is needed is for the major parties to reconsider their close links to the gambling industry, and to find a way to impose reasonable protections to protect people more than the current systems do. He briefly discusses the link between gambling and domestic violence.
    PersonsCharles Livingstone