Facial ID on board in Tas pokies reform

Tasmania may enforce facial recognition technology to identify nature- excepted problem punters and a smart card playing system as part of milestone poker machine reforms.
Legislation to end Federal Group’s exclusive command of electronic gaming machines in the state, existent it has held since 1973, was tabled in state congress on Tuesday.

The laws would give command of pokies to individual cafés and clubs, and change duty rates on the machines and Keno.
The state Liberal government says the new arrangement will leave Federal Group$ 25 million worse off per stretch, but critics claim a rare room to execute subordinate hurt minimisation measures is being missed.

Facial ID on board in Tas pokies reform
On Tuesday, Finance Minister Michael Ferguson publicized the Tasmanian Liquor and Gaming Commission would research hurt minimisation measures.

“I’ll be directing the commission to deliver a report including options, costs and benefits, and achievement mechanisms for. facial recognition technology in caravansaries, clubs and alcoves. (and) a smart card- grounded account identification system,”he said in a statement.

The commission will also explore options for a smart card system where bettors could put limits on their losses in advance.

The Labor opposition on Tuesday said it wanted the same two detriment minimisation measures to grow law.

“Labor will also espouse a policy to introduce Registered Gaming Officers to better support workers and so problem punters,”finance point man Dean Winter said.

Anti-pokies hopeful and independent upper house MP Meg Webb incriminated the major parties of cooking up a deal and ignoring further effective hurt minimisation measures.

“Facial recognition will only be pointed to the tip, of the tip, of the icicle of people who are addicted to pokies and are being harmed,”she told The Examiner rag.

The facial recognition technology, which has been used in New Zealand and South Australia, would identify people who have excepted themselves from gambling..

The bill is awaited to be batted on Thursday in the lower house, where the Liberals hold a adultness.

It faces a trickier passage through the 15- member upper house, made up of six independents, five Labor members and four Liberals.

The future of poker machines in Tasmania has proven a divisive issue.

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The Liberals took a pledge to end Federal Group’s monopoly to the 2018 state bean but did not release the proposed new assessment rate until July, two months after its third-straight election triumph.

Labor campaigned on banning pokies statewide in the lead up to their 2018 loss but have since dropped the policy.

Democratic independent MP Andrew Wilkie has called for junior detriment minimisation measures, ditto as$ 1 maximum bet limits and doubling the time it takes to play a game.