The federal government’s plan to introduce a mandatory pre-commitment system on poker machines is backed by two-thirds of respondents in a poll, with coalition voters most in favour.


Labor’s pokies reform plan is facing stiff resistance from the clubs industry, as it bankrolls a $20 million campaign against the mandatory pre-commitment system.

Uniting Care Wesley Adelaide has countered that with a new poll, showing 67 per cent of respondents in favour of the system.

The survey of 1411 people, by the Australia Institute, found women more in favour, with 69 per cent of them backing compulsory poker machine betting limits.

By comparison, 64 per cent of men backed the idea.

The coalition has indicated it will oppose the pokie reforms but Liberal-National voters don’t agree, with 68 per cent in favour of pre-commitment.

Some 67 per cent of Labor voters back the proposal, which was slightly more than the 65 per cent of Greens supporters.

Wesley Adelaide chief executive Simon Schrapel said the poll findings rebuked suggestions by Clubs Australia that pre-commitment technology would be “un-Australian”.

“This is clearly a nonsense when more than two-thirds of Australians support the measures being considered by the federal government,” he said in a statement.

Tasmanian independent Andrew Wilkie’s plan to introduce pre-commitment technology on poker machines by 2014 was backed by 74 per cent of people surveyed in his home state.

Voters in NSW and Queensland were less keen, with 64 per cent of respondents in those states in favour.