“…The anguished squeals coming from the pokie industry over Maori Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell’s private member’s bill to clean up their industry means it’s hitting them where it hurts.
And not before time.
The shame is that neither the last Labour Government nor the current National-led administration had the courage to take on the cowboys of the gaming industry themselves.
More than 18 months ago, the former chief executive of the Community Gaming Association, Francis Wevers, wrote to the Minister of Internal Affairs declaring that corrupt behaviour in his own industry was “all-pervasive and pernicious” -
- with “endemic non-compliance” and that “the motivation to continue to operate unlawfully is more powerful than the motivation to comply”.
At the time, the then minister, Nathan Guy, blocked his ears-
- telling him there was no room in the parliamentary agenda for major reform in the gambling sector…”
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