Wilkie pokie reforms to be dismantled with Labor support

A SUITE of gambling reforms introduced by the Gillard Government are to be dismantled with Opposition support, but only if the Coalition agrees not to wipe out the changes entirely.

Labor introduced the reforms as part of a promise to independent Andrew Wilkie who made them a condition of his support for a minority government.

However, the government abandoned the stricter regulations Mr Wilkie wanted after once it no longer needed his critical support.

The destruction of the reforms will not be able to pass the Senate until mid-next year without Labor's support.

Opposition communities spokeswoman Claire Moore said the Opposition would support the government on the legislation as long as it allowed a change to ensure voluntary pre-commitment schemes stay in place.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported Mr Wilkie described Labor's support for their repeal as a "shocking betrayal".

Topics:  abbott government andrew wilkie gambling gillard government pokies

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