The Greens are wanting a “crackdown” on illicit casino profits, whatever they are?
The Green Party has drafted a bill that would require casinos to pay back proceeds received through criminal activity.
The Bill will amend the Criminal Proceeds of Crime (Recovery) Amendment Act to impose a special obligation on casinos to return profits derived from significant criminal activity, and which they should have detected.
Green Party gambling spokeswoman Denise Roche said problem gamblers were targeted under the existing law but the casino would not suffer.
“When problem gamblers are convicted of stealing from their employers, or laundering drug money through the casino, everyone suffers except the casino, who pockets the profits.”
“The addict is jailed, and loses their job, their family and friends. Their employer can be ruined. But the casino is better off as a result of the crime. That’s not fair,” said Ms Roche.
This is a curious change of heart. Because the Greens described the proceeds of crime act as “trash” when it went through parliament.
There is a whole lot more in this legislation that is absolutely outrageous and I thoroughly recommend this House to bin this trash right now.
Further to that in speaking at the third reading Catherine Delahunty confirmed that the Greens opposed totally the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Bill
It is the duty of this House to legislate with a strong sense of justice, as opposed to a strong sense of populism or vengeance, or a misguided commitment to policies that fail to deter crime. Therefore, the Green Party will be voting against the legislation.
There is something just a bit bizarre in this loony Green claim to now be concerned about the proceeds of crime.