Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

14 April 2018

Peter Gutwein, Treasurer

Mandatory code of practice

The service of alcohol at gaming machines is a matter for the independent Tasmanian Liquor and Gaming Commission.

Contrary to reports, individuals will still be able to drink while playing at gaming machines, however they will not be able to be served while at the machine.

Instead, patrons will have to leave the machine and purchase a drink themselves rather than having a drink brought to them.

This will break the cycle of individuals sitting at gaming machines for long periods of time.

Consultation with the industry and other stakeholders was carried out by the commission last year, and the Code of Practice was published on November 30, 2017.

I note the outcome of the review of the Code was reported in the media on December 5 last year.

The Mandatory Code and the review of the Code is overseen by the Tasmanian Liquor and Gaming Commission, which is completely independent of Government.

The changes to the Code are entirely a matter for the Commission.

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