| My Land, My Country
It is an absolutely disgusting move by the National Gaming and Control Board - Papua New Guinea’s gaming regulator - to sign off papers giving the OK for a new casino to be built in Port Moresby. It is even more disgusting that the Board sees fit to announce itself as a partner in the gambling business
LAE - Here’s are some questions for the National Gaming and Control Board.
How will the Board – the regulator – regulate itself as a partner and the investor in the event that there are offences committed against the law?
Will the government sponsor and support the breaches in regulations?
Will it be party to breaking the laws of our country? For those who are victims of the offences, who will they report to?
That ‘partnership’ needs clarification.
Another question: Have we consulted with the wider community? Do the people of PNG want and need a casino?
We already have serious gambling addiction problems within our communities.
We know of families whose breadwinners are poker machine addicts.
We know of someone who lives from payday to payday on dinau money because they have to feed their gambling addiction and their children.
Families are being torn apart and children go hungry because of gambling addictions driven by the poker machines we already have.
So, we want to expand the scale of gambling, poverty and suffering?
The churches and women are represented on the National Gaming and Control Board.
Where are their voices? Do they agree with it the idea of a grander, more elaborate scheme of taking money from our people and allowing our families to suffer?
The scourge of gambling needs to be arrested.
It cannot be allowed to greedily expand like this at the expense of our people.
Papua New Guineans must not be fooled into accepting the frame of ‘Tourism Gambling’.