Federal Court dismisses anti-gaming allegations

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Australia’s Gaming Technologies Association demand Nick Xenophon halt anti-gaming policies.

Australia.- South Australian politician Nick Xenophon has run various campaigns against the gaming industry, and has taken a case to the Federal Court arguing that Crown Melbourne and Aristocrat Leisure were guilty of misleading and deceptive slot machine operations.

The Federal Court has however recently dismissed the allegations of unconscionable conduct against Crown Melbourne and Aristocrat Leisure, and Australia’s GTA has now demanded that Xenophon withdraw his SA-Best party’s gaming policy.

“Our industry has been subjected to stringent legal scrutiny and has passed with flying colours,” GTA CEO Ross Ferrar said in a press release. “However, opponents of our industry continue to rely on the very same claims that were rejected by the Federal Court. The truth is that every poker machine in operation in Australia is subject to stringent legislation, regulatory review and oversight, including in South Australia.

“Justice Mortimer conducted an open and lengthy legal process in the Federal Court and ultimately the claims made about poker machine design were emphatically rejected. I would urge Mr Xenophon to respect the findings of the Federal Court and amend his policy and withdraw his comments.”