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These changes are dangerous. Parents need access to the courts without having to pay for legal mandates.
Everyday more information comes out, and yet national does not care or stop. I want to thank the many young gay men who voted for this national Government. I hope you lot of idiots never get sex again.
Cabinet ministers overruled expert advice which would have placed a $500,000 greater burden on SkyCity each year for treating problem gambling.
The decision was made shortly after SkyCity was asked to bid for the contract to build the National Convention Centre.
It has prompted questions from the Green Party over an apparent closeness between the Government and SkyCity at the time of the tender process.
In November 2009, Prime Minister John Key asked SkyCity to bid for the contract, just days after the company chairman spoke of close ties with Cabinet ministers.
Then, in March 2010, Cabinet put the contract out to tender – 14 months later announcing SkyCity as the winner. The company is now negotiating over carrying the $350 million construction cost in return for gambling concessions, including extra pokies.
The tender had just been put out to the market when the Ministry of Health proposed a new funding formula for problem gambling which would have put more cost on casinos, the racing industry, and the Lotteries Commission.
The plan was part of a three-yearly process to set the rate of the problem-gambling levy, which comes from the gambling industry and is based on 0.9 per cent of its forecast $5.9 billion profits for the next three years.
Problem-gambling health officials told ministers they needed to change the way the levy was funded. They said more money needed to be drawn from the gambling entities making the most money.