Is it right to have Pokies in close proximity to a playground, and does doing so set a dangerous precedent? We’ll let you decide.
The lavish hotel and casino, Langwarrin, located in Frankston, built a playground and added new Pokies in an effort, according to them, to help the community. The playground would mean that parents could presumably dump their kids off, and then go over to the Pokies and get to the gambling. There has, understandably, been a bunch of opposition to the concept of a playground being located near a bunch of Pokies.
The number of Pokies allowed had been increased by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation due to the fact that Langwarrin was also planning on expanding and making improvements to their playground. The hotel successfully argued that because of their community effort in regards to offering the playground to the surrounding area, they should also be allowed to add additional Poker Machines. This was rejected by the Frankston and Casey City councils, but approved by the gambling commission.
Colleen Hartland, Greens MP, is the most outspoken of the opposition, saying that exposing children to Pokies is disgraceful, and the fact that any commission would approve it is absurd. While it has been pointed out that guests at the hotel’s other venues, like their bistro, would be the most likely to send their kids to the playground more so than people using the Pokies, it is a little suspicious that the proposal involved both adding additional gambling machines on top of the playground. To say they aren’t associated would have been more conceivable as two separate actions, but when they are combined, it’s pretty tough not to make the connection between Pokies and said Pokies being around children.
According to gambling experts, the move could be concerning, as exposing children to Pokies in such a natural and fun setting could set an idea in their head at a young age that gambling is the adult equivalent of sliding down a slide or climbing through a jungle gym. A gambling problem isn’t just easy to develop, it’s one of the most common additions worldwide, right up their with drugs and smoking, and it can lead to pretty devastating consequences if not properly prevented, or properly treated after it has developed.
One of the benefits of playing at an online casino is the privacy it provides and the ability to play in the comfort of home rather than having to schedule your life around going to a land-based casino. Another, more relevant advantage is the protection in place that ensures that no one under the age of 18 can register or make a deposit. All it takes it simply angling the computer away from the child, and it would be the same as doing anything else you would do on the casino.
It’s tough to choose a side with this casino/playground concern. If the precedent is set that they shouldn’t be near each other, it could mean that casino resorts that appeal to the whole family could have some concerns. Some people could argue that having a live comedy show of raunchy material in the event space, or being next door to university students who are partying in the next room, could be considered a poor environment for children.
It’s certainly a difficult subject, but it is a valid argument that children should not be allowed in a casino lobby where games are actually being played, just as children should be barred from a late-night bar. In our opinion, it would come down to the responsibility of the parents, but that’s just our very humble opinion. We’re really more just concerned with helping Australian adults find the very best places to place bets online.
Written for OnlineCasino-Australia.com by Martin Jones - Published on 02-05-2016