30 Nov 2012

Poker machine law changes passed

10:36 am on 30 November 2012

Changes to poker machine laws in Australia were passed by parliament on Thursday night.

The ABC reports pubs and clubs will need voluntary pre-commitment technology on their machines, though the first venues will not switch them on until 2018.

The Government had a one-vote majority in the House of Representatives and the legislation passed the Senate on Thursday evening with the support of the Greens.

Independent MP Tony Windsor negotiated a delay in the implementation of the laws. Mr Windsor said his amendments would reduce the impact of the changes on some regional clubs and pubs that relied on gaming revenue.