Rudd backs Xenophon on banning pokie ATMs
Posted Sun Feb 10, 2008 7:10pm AEDT
Federal Senator-elect Nick Xenophon says there is no reason the Commonwealth cannot force the states to get rid of automatic teller machines in gaming venues.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says he personally supports Mr Xenophon's push for an ATM ban in gambling areas, but that does not mean the move will become Government policy.
Mr Xenophon says Mr Rudd's stance on gambling is promising.
"The fact that Kevin Rudd has made it very clear that he doesn't think that ATMs belong in pokies venues is a big development," he said.
"The Commonwealth has the power under its banking and telecommunications powers to get rid of ATMs, it can bypass the states on this."
Mr Xenophon is also backed by Family First Senator Steve Fielding and the Nationals' Barnaby Joyce.