(SMH) Archbishop backs ‘moral’ changes to poker machine laws

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney has come out in strong support of the proposed poker machine reforms, warning that the penetration of gambling culture into sport and media ''bodes ill for the future of sport in this country''.

The Reverend Peter Jensen used his opening presidential address at the 49th Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Sydney to commend the federal government for its ''moral leadership'' on problem gambling as it seeks to introduce mandatory precommitment technology on poker machines.

In his first public statement on the issue, Dr Jensen took aim at sporting associations that create cultural capital ''funded by the real capital of addicts''.

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Posted October 12, 2011 at 4:09 pm

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