FEDERAL Group has hit back at the Greens after a suggestion that some of its player programs were set up to deliberately circumvent responsible gambling laws.
Bass Greens MHA Kim Booth said in Parliament yesterday that the group had instructed employees to tell members of its premium player program that they could get around the maximum $10 limit at Tasmanian casinos by going to multiple cashiers.
Mr Booth tabled a document that he said backed up his claim, and he called on Finance Minister Scott Bacon to hold Federal Group to account.
"The document details a clear and blatant strategy by Federal Hotels to circumvent the law by training their employees how to advise customers to circumvent player protections and to gamble irresponsibly and dangerously," he said.
Federal Group corporate director Daniel Hanna said Mr Booth's claims were incorrect and the document had been used out of context.
Mr Hanna said the document mentioned was an early draft from the company's procedures manual and had been written before the introduction of the Mandatory Code of Practice for responsible gambling.
"This document was substantially amended after consultation with staff from the Liquor and Gaming Branch, and the current document contained in the procedures manual is very different from the draft that Mr Booth used in Parliament," he said.
Mr Hanna said the document related to a player loyalty club, not the invitation-only premium player program for "high-end" gamblers, and was not written or used by the responsible gambling manager.
Mr Bacon said Mr Booth should raise any concerns he had with the Gaming Commission.
"I believe the measures we have in place in Tasmania to address these issues are appropriate at the moment," Mr Bacon said.