PRIME Minister Julia Gillard has backed down on her deal with independent MP Andrew Wilkie to introduce mandatory pre-commitment technology on gaming machines, instead opting for a trial of the gambling restrictions.
The year-long trial will only take part in the ACT and will start on January 1 next year but, in the meantime, all new gaming machines will have to be fitted with technology that requires people to set their own betting limits.
Ms Gillard played down claims the shift was another broken promise.''The circumstances of this parliament are clear ... there is not the support in the House of Representatives for the Andrew Wilkie plan,'' she said.
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"Rolling the technology out to every machine now ensures that we will be ready to flick the switch to a best-practice mandatory pre-commitment system, if the trial results support it," Ms Gillard said.
"We believe this evidence-based pathway to help problem gamblers and their families will gain the necessary support to pass the current Parliament."
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