The Liberals and Nationals will always have a strong focus on reducing harm for those who suffer from problem gambling and supporting their family and friends.
We have a strong track record in this area, having introduced the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation (VRGF) when last in government.
Following today’s announcement from the Andrews Government, we look forward to seeing the details and call on the government to provide clear evidence that the changes will help those who need it most, and not cause significant job losses and harm to the hospitality sector across the state.
We are very concerned at the apparent axing of the VRGF – merging the foundation with the gaming regulator threatens to see harm minimisation play second fiddle to regulation.
This decision must not simply be a cost-saving measure from a government that has sent the state broke, rather than one that is designed to limit gambling harm.
The Liberals and Nationals will have more to say once further details are provided and have been considered.