If you’ve been paying any attention at all to the gambling debate over the past year, you know that one of the key issues debated was over poker machine reform. The Gillard government had made efforts to add pre-commitment technology and make other changes to pokies in clubs and pubs throughout Australia, in large part due to the importance of maintaining the support of independent MP Andrew Wilkie.
As you likely know, the immediate plans for a watered down reform package failed to gain traction in the Senate in May, as some who supported reform in principal backed away when they felt the reforms had become too weak. However, this doesn’t mean that the issue is dead by any means. Here’s a look at how the pokies reform debate could continue in the coming months and years.