|SOCIAL PROBLEMS: Moves afoot to tighten laws governing casinos in Honiara.|
Its CEO, Rev Akuila Yabaki, says previous elected governments had shelved proposals because of the concerns of individuals, civil society, religious organisations and parliamentarians.
“CCF and several other civil society groups and individuals, had expressed concern last year, against the building of a casino in Fiji because it is known world over that casinos can have collateral damages.
In June this year, the Solomon Islands Democratic Party had called for a reform of gambling legislation because of the social problems being caused by casinos in the capital Honiara.
Yabaki says if a casino does get built in Fiji, regulations need to be in place to ensure appropriate consideration is given to:
The impact on social welfare and culture;
The casino is restricted to tourists or those with a certain income threshold;
Measures to reduce possibilities of gambling addictions;
Fiji does not become susceptible to new crimes due to the influx of gambling tourists.