Gambling Harm Reduction Bill a win for Maori Party

Newstalk ZB 5 September 2013
A bill aimed at reducing gambling harm has passed through Parliament, but opposition parties believe it will cause more problems than it solves.

Te Ururoa Flavell’s Gambling Harm Reduction Bill is the first Maori Party bill to successfully make it through Parliament.

It passed 63 votes to 55 last night, under a conscience vote.

Labour MP Trevor Mallard is outraged at how much the bill was watered down.

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

“This bill has been absolutely gutted at the Select Committee process by a government majority.”