This Synod notes the Federal Parliament’s inactivity in terms of responding effectively to the Productivity Commission’s recommendations in its 2010 Report into gambling. Synod grieves for the hundreds of thousands of Australians damaged by pervasive problem gambling throughout our community.
Therefore Synod again urges Federal, State and Territory parliaments to enact effective measures – as recommended by experts independent of the gambling industry – to reduce the impact and incidence of problem gambling, especially via poker machines, but also in the rapidly growing area of online gambling.
In addition, Synod calls on all levels of government to take long-term steps to reduce their reliance on revenue raised by taxation on gambling.
Synod also refers the issue of gambling and associated problems to the Public Affairs Commission for its careful consideration and requests a Report in response by the next General Synod.
3 July 2014