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Kennett’s position on beyondblue Board is now untenable

Media Release
Penny Wright 31 May 2012

Greens gambling spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, said today that Jeff Kennett should resign from the Board of beyondblue.

“Jeff Kennett should be congratulated for his role in building beyondblue, but his position with that organisation is now untenable,” said Senator Di Natale.

“His willingness to join the Board of Sydney Star Casino’s operating company is simply the last straw.”

Greens spokesperson for Mental Health, Senator Penny Wright, said: “It is a fact that people who suffer from mental illness are more susceptible to becoming problem gamblers and vice versa.

“Positions on the board overseeing the Star casino and at beyondblue would be in clear conflict.   It would be hard to reconcile work with a casino, which profits from problem gamblers, with work for an important organisation like beyondblue that would seek to prevent problem gambling and assist those caught up in it,” said Senator Wright.

“The fact that Mr Kennett does not see any conflict of interest is quite startling.”
 
Senator Di Natale said that Jeff Kennett has form in this area.

“The Hawthorn Football Club, under Jeff Kennett’s leadership invested heavily in pokies. Again, he denied any conflict of interest.

“He’s done some great work for people with depression but the time has come for him to step down.”

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