Gambling in Australia - Sandy Grant

Sandy Grant and Dominic Steele speaking on 2CH Sunday Nights 6.7.2014

The Anglican Church’s 2014 General Synod has chided the Federal Parliament for failing to respond effectively to a four year old report on gambling in Australia.

In 2010, the Productivity Commission found poker machines are the second highest cause of crime in the community after illegal drugs, they are responsible for the vast proportion of problem gambling and a significant factor in suicide attempts.

Wollongong Anglican Cathedral Senior Minister Canon Sandy Grant moved a motion noting Federal Parliament’s ‘inactivity’ in responding to the Productivity Commission's recommendations and ‘grieves’ for Australians ‘damaged by pervasive problem gambling’.