Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has been accused of “tellling a big fat lie” on a new web site that he has rolled out in an effort to combat a $20M campaign by Clubs Australia.
Earlier today Xenophon complained to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), about a gambling advertising campaign by Clubs Australia and the Australian Hotels Association.
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The Clubs campaign states that Federal Government’s proposed changes affecting gambling would mean people would need to apply for a licence to make a $5 bet.
Senator Xenophon says the statement and a number of others in the campaign are incorrect and misleading.
However Clubs Australia claims that it is Xenephon who is misleading consumers by claiming on his new web site that it is “Un Australian for Hotels & Clubs to get 40% of their pokies profits from problem gamblers”.
A Clubs Australia spoksperson said “If Xenephon is claiming that 40% of Club profits come from problem gamblers he is wrong. Club profits come from all gamblers as well as entertainment services food and catering”.
Senator Xenophon was not available to comment.