Nov 3, 2011

Offended by ‘nanny state’, Coalition wants more censorship on gambling

The Coalition has proposed greater internet censorship as part of its counter-proposals on gambling reform. The US experience shows it doesn't work.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

After complaining that proposed mandatory pre-commitment pokies reforms were “nanny statism”, the Coalition has called for comment on ways to strengthen internet censorship and restrict advertising in its own gambling reform paper.

The discussion paper, launched yesterday, invites comments on a voluntary pre-commitment scheme, more counselling services for problem gamblers and a review of exclusion programs. It also suggests the current bans on online gambling — via the Howard government’s 2001 Interactive Gambling Act — be “strengthened”:

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21 thoughts on “Offended by ‘nanny state’, Coalition wants more censorship on gambling

  1. Jim Reiher

    the coalition want to stop money going overseas where Australian workers dont get anything, and non-Australian companies and individuals make the profits…

    okay… lets talk about free trade…..


  2. Jim Reiher

    and dont get me started on the pathetic misuse of the term “nanny state”. It should be a banned phrase frmo any intelligent discussion.

    It is only ever used of policies you dont want, but quickly dropped from discussion when you want to introduce your own raft of policies that interfer with people’s freedoms. The liberals cry out against “nanny state regulation” and yet they gave us the Northern Territory Intervention with income management…. probably the largest act of “nannystateism” ever inflicted on people.

    And the Liberals in Vic want to fine you for swearing in public….


  3. klewso

    “Hip o’ crit” – isn’t that a joint on the Sunday possum?

  4. klewso

    Sorry “Coal-ition Cook Book”, here it is “Hip o’ critter :- Take your road kill and joint it ….”!

  5. David Allen

    Just watched QT today and I’m begiining to suspect that the coalition are just starting to form themselves into a Gordian knot. Perhaps Malcolm will be able to cut it?

    Bold prediction: Malcolm will be leader of the coalition before Kevin becomes leader of Labor.

  6. David Allen


    I have to confess – you got me.

  7. David Allen

    But now you’ve really depressed me as I ponder the front bench, even under Malcolm.

  8. Jim Reiher

    David: I reckon if Kevin is moved to the PM spot, the libs will be forced to find a new leader who can match him… and that does not leave many options. The only problem for Kevin and Malcolm is that neither of them seem to have the numbers in their own party.
    Pity hey….

  9. davidk

    The libs don’t want profits going overseas, then why do they oppose the MRSPT?

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