Newstalk ZB 5 Sep 2013
MPs have been told governments should not fund projects on the back of gambling losses.
A select committee is hearing submissions on the bill that signs off the deal between SkyCity and the government for a convention centre to be built in Auckland, in return for an extension of its gaming license and more pokie machines.
Family First director Bob McCoskrie spoke out against the move today saying it will only hurt families, and questioning the need for the centre at all.
He described gambling as a tax on ignorance.
“This bill may be fiscally good, but it’s morally bankrupt.
“Governments should not be cheerleaders for casinos.”