Andrews defends position on pokie reform

Andrews defends position on pokie reform

Liberal frontbencher Kevin Andrews has reiterated this morning the government’s position on poker machines was not influenced by political donations.

Fairfax media is reporting today Clubs NSW donated $30,000 to the Victorian-based Menzies 200 Club that supports Mr Andrews in his local electorate.

According to Fairfax¬† the first payment of $20,000 came while Mr Andrews was formulating the Coalition’s pokies policy before the 2013 election, while the second payment of $10,000 came after his bill to repeal poker machine regulations was passed.

Mr Andrews has released a statement this morning saying the suggestion his decision making was influenced by donations is “wrong and offensive.”

In his statement he said the party’s position on poker machine reform was very clear at least 2 years before the last federal election.

“The Coalition policy on this matter was publicly known at least 24 months prior to the 2013 federal election,” Mr Andrews said.

The current defence minister has also defended the organisation involved.

“The Menzies 200 Club is an associated Liberal Party entity that supports Liberal Party campaigns,” he said.

“They are subject to strict disclosure rules and regulations in accordance with Australian Electoral Commission requirements.”

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