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Pokies manufacturers are resisting a $1 cap on its machines in Queensland

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Pokies manufacturers are resisting a $1 cap on its machines in Queensland.

Coles owns nearly 90 hotels in Queensland as part of its liquor licence, and is now investigating putting a cap on its maximum bets.

But manufacturers won’t comply.

Richard Goyder, CEO of Wesfarmers, which owns Coles, told Nick McCallum the manufacturers would be afraid of the impact of such a trial.

‘Our concern is to make sure our hotels are as good as we can make them on every front,’ Mr Goyder said.

‘We think this is a sensible way forward. If it works, it’s a good thing for society.’

Nick said the manufacturers’ refusal to accept the cap suggests they’re scared it will work.

‘If it works, you know it’s going to be jumped on by the anti-pokie lobby right around Australia,’ he said.

Victorians lose $2.5 billion each year on pokies.

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