13 Oct 2010

Samoa PM makes case for casino need

2:39 pm on 13 October 2010

The Samoa Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, has told parliament that not enough money is generated for sport funding from the country's gambling industry and this is why casinos are needed.

Tuilaepa was defending a bill to introduce casinos to provide more money for sports development.

An opposition MP, Palusalue Fa'apo the Second, who's against the bill, says a lot of money is already collected from two lotteries that operate in the country.

But the Prime Minister says Palusalue knows very well there's not enough money for sports bodies.

Palusalue also says his church and most public submissions oppose the bill.

But the chairman of the parliamentary committee, which took the submissions, Fonotoe Lauofo, says churches support the purpose of the bill.

He says concerns that had been raised have been addressed in the amendments made to the bill.