Pokie venues tax will pay for reforms
Targeting problem gamblers ... eventually all pokies within a state will have to be linked. Photo: Quentin Jones
POKER machine venues, regardless of size, will all pay a new government tax to help fund national reforms, although the price is yet to be set.
The government's watered-down reform, finally agreed to by the Greens last week, will require all poker machines to eventually have pre-commitment technology that will allow punters to preset how much they are willing to lose.
A ''supervisory levy'' on venues will be used to fund the scheme. Eventually, all poker machines will have to be linked so that players locked out of one venue will be locked out of all pokies once they have exceeded their limit.
Clubs Australia would rather its members did not have to pay but the government told clubs in February this was non-negotiable. The executive director, Anthony Ball, said there were some serious issues with the levy.