Approval has been given by gambling regulators for parents, grandparents to bring their children, grandchildren to a pokies venue in the Melbourne suburb of Beaconsfield and dump them in a fully enclosed play area with soundproof glass with a direct view into the gaming area. Using this play area is nothing more than a cheap babysitter and encourages chronic gambling.
Problem gambling is bad enough, it ruins lives, causes family breakdowns, by allowing this to go ahead it sends a message that it's ok to gamble and basically normalises chronic gambling. Parents, grandparents should be at home looking after their childrens basic needs and not feeding money into the one arm bandits, then whinge because they have no money left and expect everyone else to pick up the tab for their chronic addiction it's a disgrace.
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