Tasmanian Government Denies Pulling Funding for Problem Gambling Campaign

Tasmanian Government Denies Pulling Funding for Problem Gambling Campaign

TheTasmaniastategovernmenthasrecentlybeenaccusedtopullingfundingforproblemgamblingcampaigns。

TheOppositionciteddatafromRighttoInformationdocuments,butstatepoliticiansdenythattheyhavetakenmoneyawayfromprogramssupportinggamblingaddictionhelp。

ThecasewasinitiallybroughtupbyRebeccaWhite,ahumanresourcesspokespersonforTheOpposition。

UsingdocumentsretrievedusingRighttoInformation,thegroupfoundthatthestategovernmentpulledfundingfromtwoproblemgamblingcampaignsafterdeemingthem‘non’-essential。

ThedocumentsshowedprooffromtheDepartmentofHealthandHumanServiceswhichconfirmedthatthestatedoubtedthatresponsiblegamblingcampaignswereessential。

TheKnowYourOddsprogramandanadvertorialforResponsibleGamblingAwarenessWeekwerebothpulledbyTreasurerPeterGutwein。

TheOppositionhastakenthistomeanthatHumanServicesMinisterJacquiePetrusmaisnotprioritisingtheneedsofproblemgamblers。

“TheLiberalgovernmentisclearlypreparedtoleavepeoplebehindwithaheartlesscutratherthanhelpthoseinneed,”MsWhitesays。

“JacquiePetrusmaislivingonanotherplanetifshethinksacampaigntoreducethesocialharmofgamblingisnon-essential。



Petrusmahashitbackagainsttheseclaimsandstatedthatthefundinghasnotbeenreducedforproblemgamblingresearch,prevention,educationandtreatment。

SheconfirmsthattheTasmaniangovernmentdoesindeedprioritisetheneedsofproblemgamblers,andanewstrategywillbedevelopedforthestate’sGamblingSupportProgram。

InTasmania,50%ofallprofitsraisedbypokermachineareusedtofundproblemgamblingsupportservices。