By Ian Neubauer

‘Anti-pokie’ Senator Nick Xenophon will address the gaming community on the opening day of the Australasian Gaming Expo (AGE) in Sydney next month.

“We’re pleased that Senator Xenophon has accepted our invitation,” said Australasian Gaming Machine Manufacturers Association (AGMMA) CEO, Ross Ferrar.

“Whilst his views are often controversial, a clear understanding of Senator Xenophon’s perspectives is in the interests of the conference audience and industry generally.”

Xenophon will address the conference on August 24 — two days before the first sitting of the new Senate term — with the AGMMA anticipating his presentation to provide clearer insights into the implications of his approach.

A panel of experts will consider Xenophon’s comments after his address. It will include Australasian Casino Association executive director Chris Downy, Australasian Gaming Council CEO Cheryl Vardon, Charity Gaming Association of New Zealand CEO Francis Wevers and gambling research authority, Dr Clive Allcock.

“We anticipate a lively debate, as all four panellists have immediate access to relevant facts and all four are known to hold strong views on a range of topics,” Ferrar said.

“I have no doubt that Senator Xenophon’s views will ignite lively discussion among the panellists and among conference delegates.”

Now in its 19th year, the AGE comprises a trade exhibition and the gaming conference. It will be held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour. Entry is complimentary for representatives of gaming industry organisations.

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