It’s official. The NSW Crime Commission has confirmed that billions of dollars of ‘dirty money’ from the proceeds of crime are poured into poker machines each year.
Now, two years after the Government gave in to pressure from the gambling industry and deferred the introduction of a cashless gambling card, the Crime Commission’s Number One recommendation to stop money laundering in poker machines is to introduce a gambling card!.
A mandatory cashless gambling card would cripple money laundering operations, and it will reduce problem gambling. The gambling industry is pushing back hard against this because it will actually work and stop people gambling so much.
Clubs NSW has convinced the Premier to introduce legislation to allow invasive and inaccurate facial recognition technology to be installed in every pub and club in NSW instead of introducing a gambling card. Facial recognition technology won’t reduce gambling harms and it won’t stop money laundering but it will give clubs and pubs the power to analyse people’s behaviour, target them and make their machines even more addictive.
This is a desperate last attempt by the industry to avoid proper regulation. Tell the Government and Opposition to stand up to the gambling industry, say no to facial recognition technology in pubs and clubs and immediately introduce cashless gambling cards.