Christian lobby joins pokies row

THE conservative Australian Christian Lobby has urged Opposition Leader Tony Abbott to rethink his opposition to mandatory pre-commitment on poker machines.

The lobby's managing director, Jim Wallace, yesterday urged the opposition to at least consider a trial of the system.

The government has been working with ClubsACT to hold a six-month trial across the territory's 55 pokie venues. The trial has the backing of the pokies industry.

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