Greens slam idea for tax breaks for pokies with childcare

A PLAN to encourage NSW poker machine clubs to offer childcare through increased tax breaks has been labelled "ridiculous" by the Australian Greens.

A proposal which would allow ClubsNSW to receive tax concessions for investing in child and aged care is being considered by the NSW Government.

The state is home to more than half the country's poker machines.

"Dumping children next to poker machines at the local club is no way to tackle the childcare crisis in Australia," Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Offering child care at the pokies is fraught with danger and will only encourage parents into problem gambling," she said.

"This is a ridiculous move that could be avoided if the Abbott Government committed to properly funding the childcare sector."

- APN NEWSDESK



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