Friday, 5 November 2010

Xenophon backs Mayne and Beyer against the pokies in the Victorian election

No pokies Senator backs No Pokies Victorian candidates 

Independent Senator for South Australia, Nick Xenophon, will today throw his support behind two Independent candidates for the Victorian State election; Dr Lorraine Beyer for Macedon and Stephen Mayne who is running for the Northern Metropolitan Region in the Upper House.

"Independents in politics are crucial to ensuring that the Government and Opposition are truly held accountable," Nick said.

Senator Xenophon says Lorraine Beyer and Stephen Mayne share his stance against poker machines and their successful election will be positive for Victoria.

In particular, Lorraine Beyer and Stephen Mayne support full and uniform pre-commitment on poker machines, credit limits on phone betting for new users and a ban on sports-betting advertising at venues and on apparel, and during G-rated television programming.

"It is a real sign of the times to see more and more Independent candidates running for election at both a State and Federal level," Nick said. "Independents have a real ability to cut through on issues that matter to the community."

Lorraine Beyer was a key player in ensuring that no poker machines were allowed to be introduced into the Romsey Hotel.

Stephen Mayne is a journalist and Councillor for the City of Manningham. He has been an outspoken campaigner against poker machines.

"Lorraine and Stephen have my full support and I hope that Victorians will get behind them and vote for serious action on poker machines," Nick said.

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