NSW government delays bill and avoids cashless gambling card debate

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The state government has avoided a contentious fight in parliament over a cashless card for gambling, by delaying its clubs reform bill.

Crucial crossbench MP Alex Greenwich planned to introduce an amendment to the legislation so it would include a cashless gaming card to address problem gambling and money laundering.

Last month, Racing Minister Kevin Anderson introduced the legislation to parliament, a week before the Crime Commission’s report into money laundering in pubs and clubs was released.

The report found dirty money was being funnelled through the gaming rooms of suburban pubs and clubs and recommended a cashless gaming card.

The legislation did not include a cashless gaming card but instead focused on administrative changes and the use of facial recognition technology in clubs.

There has been opposition from within the industry as well as some within the government to introduce a mandatory cashless card, after it was first flagged by the previous racing minster, Victor Dominello.



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