GTA calls on SA-Best to withdraw pokies claims

Australia’s Gaming Technologies Association called on anti-gambling crusader Nick Xenophon’s SA-Best party to withdraw its gaming policy due to two claims that were recently dismissed by a Federal Court.

Xenophon pledged to  “Making [poker] machines 'con-free' by removing misleading and deceptive features such as near misses and 'losses disguised as wins'.”

On 2 February 2018 the Federal Court of Australia dismissed claims of misleading and deceptive conduct and also unconscionable conduct against Crown Melbourne and Aristocrat Leisure. The ruling confirmed that Australia’s poker machines operate under a robust regulatory regime and can be enjoyed with confidence.

“Our industry has been subjected to stringent legal scrutiny and has passed with flying colours,” GTA CEO Ross Ferrar said in a press release.

“However, opponents of our industry continue to rely on the very same claims that were rejected by the Federal Court. The truth is that every poker machine in operation in Australia is subject to stringent legislation, regulatory review and oversight, including in South Australia.

“Justice Mortimer conducted an open and lengthy legal process in the Federal Court and ultimately the claims made about poker machine design were emphatically rejected. I would urge Mr Xenophon to respect the findings of the Federal Court and amend his policy and withdraw his comments.”

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