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The Tasmanian people have suffered the consequences of the proliferation of pokies in pubs and clubs for decades. So has our democracy.

Federal Hotels has had a monopoly on pokies in Tasmania for decades. The upcoming expiration of this agreement presents a unique opportunity to make meaningful change, but instead the Liberals are planning to prolong the harm poker machines are doing to our communities for years to come. The individual and societal damage caused by problem gambling includes suicide, depression, relationship breakdown, lowered work productivity, job loss, bankruptcy and crime.

We can significantly reduce harm associated with gambling if we remove poker machines from pubs and clubs.

 

What Can I Do?

You can write to the Finance Minister and demand that poker machines are no longer allowed in Tasmanian pubs and clubs.

The Liberals' policy will also require passage through Parliament. Labor have back-flipped on their election policy to remove poker machines from pubs and clubs. You can write to Labor Leader Rebecca White and demand that Labor reinstates the policy that they took to the election.

You can also write to House of Assembly crossbencher Madeleine Ogilvie and Speaker Sue Hickey and ask them to vote against the Liberals' bill. You can also write to your local Legislative Council member to ask where they stand on this issue.

 

In Parliament and the Media

Media Release

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Gutwein Must Rethink Pokies in his 'Compassionate' Tasmania

Cassy O'Connor MP - In his first statement as Premier, Mr Gutwein said he wanted a more compassionate Tasmania, where no one gets left behind. If this is what the new Premier really wants, he needs an immediate rethink on pokies.



Media Release

Monday, 9 December 2019

THA Quid Pro Quo Continues

Cassy O'Connor MP - The next installment of the Tasmanian Hospitality Association’s quid pro quo has been unveiled by their Liberal partners in government.



Media Release

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Get Ready for Labor and Ogilvie to Sell Out Gambling Victims

Cassy O'Connor MP - Tasmanians who have suffered gambling addiction, including the children, partners and close family of addicts, are set to be abandoned by both State Labor and former Labor MP, now ‘Independent’, Madeleine Ogilvie, when the Liberals bring their destructive gambling policy to Parliament early next year.



Question

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Hodgman Government's Legacy

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over a year of failings.



Speech

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Gaming Control Amendment (Wagering) Bill 2019 - Second Reading

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff delivers a second reading contribution to the Gaming Control Amendment (Wagering) Bill 2019, which introduces a point of consumption tax for wagers and implements the National Consumer Protection Framework for online wagering.



Speech

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Gaming Control Amendment (Wagering) Bill 2019 - Second Reading

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor delivers a second reading contribution to the Gaming Control Amendment (Wagering) Bill 2019, which introduces a point of consumption tax for wagers and implements the National Consumer Protection Framework for online wagering.



Media Release

Friday, 8 November 2019

Farrell Family Leeching Millions at the Expense of Disadvantaged Tasmanians

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Federal Group’s after-tax profit of $17M is primarily drawn from around 3,500 poker machines deliberately placed in the most economically disadvantaged communities.



Speech

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Greens Matter of Public Importance - Gambling Harm

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Every single person who signed a petition or answered a door and spoke about their concerns about gambling will be looking at what the Treasurer and the Government does when this legislation is introduced next year.



Speech

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Greens Matter of Public Importance - Gambling Harm

Cassy O'Connor MP - It is patently obvious to any observer of Tasmanian politics that in this place it is the Greens who raise the issues of the harm caused by poker machines in our community.



Question

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Devonport Gaming Licence for Proposed Hotel

Cassy O'Connor MP - You may be aware that last year the people of Devonport lost more than $10 million in the city's poker machines.



Question

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Gambling Policy Changes

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor questions the Treasurer on the tax deal being negotiated with Federal Group.



Media Release

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Labor Abandon Health as Paul Lennon's Grip Tightens

Rosalie Woodruff MP - After spending five years talking about the importance of health to Tasmanians, Labor appears to have abandoned their ‘top priority’.



Media Release

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Labor Leadership Failure

Cassy O'Connor MP - In a time of climate emergency and growing social inequality, political parties need to work together to advance the public interest. Instead, Labor Leader, Rebecca White, is playing silly political games while the planet burns.



Speech

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Gaming Machine Policy

Cassy O'Connor MP - It was confirmed by last night's vote that Labor supports your socially and economically destructive policy to keep poker machines in pubs and clubs until 2043.



Motion

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Greens Motion - Glenorchy RSL Club Closure

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor moves a motion regarding the close of the Glenorchy RSL, the the Liberals' use of the Glenorchy RSL during the election campaign.



Media Release

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Liberals and Labor in Lock Step on Pokies

Cassy O'Connor MP - The lies and corruption at the heart of the 2018 State Election were laid bare by the sudden closure of the Glenorchy RSL a fortnight ago. Glenorchy RSL staff and veterans were used and abused by the Liberals and the gambling industry, then spat out and forgotten after the election.



Media Release

Monday, 22 July 2019

Glenorchy RSL Closure Lays Bare Liberals' Pokies Lies

Cassy O'Connor MP - The lies and corruption at the heart of the 2018 State Election has been laid bare by the sudden closure of the Glenorchy RSL.



Media Release

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Tasmanian Battlers Continue to Bleed Money to Federal Group

Cassy O'Connor MP - The latest Tasmanian Gaming Commission data reveals that in the month of April alone, $1.5 million was poured into the EGMs in Glenorchy.



Speech

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Estimates Reply - Treasurer

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR - Mr Chairman, again, this year the most mindnumbingly frustrating and dishonest Estimates session from my point of view was with the Treasurer. If you want one example of why this Treasurer holds the public's right to know in contempt it is what Mr Bacon was saying about the expenditure review committee of Cabinet.



Speech

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Electoral Amendment Bill 2019

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff delivers a Second Reading speech for the Electoral Amendment Bill 2019.



Speech

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Electoral Amendment Bill 2019

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor delivers a Second Reading speech for the Electoral Amendment Bill 2019.



Speech

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Greens Matter of Public Importance - Gambling Policy

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff raises the impacts of harming gambling policies in the Greens Matter of Public Importance debate.



Speech

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Greens Matter of Public Importance - Gambling Policy

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor raises political interference in gambling policy from vested interests in the Greens Matter of Public Importance debate.



Speech

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Gambling Policy

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor questions the treasurer over tax reform proposals from Federal Group.



Question

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Electoral Donations Disclosure Framework

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over delays in delivering donation reforms.



Speech

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

State of the State Address

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor delivers a State of the State address (Address in Reply speech) for 2019.



Media Release

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Liberals and Labor Put Gambling Interests Ahead of Public Interest

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Treasurer, Peter Gutwein, confirmed today he has written to the Federal Group and plans to introduce legislation to progress the Liberals’ pokies policy. 



Media Release

Monday, 18 March 2019

Labor in 2019 Stands for Nothing

Cassy O'Connor MP - Tasmanians who voted Labor at the last election on the basis of their position of principle on pokies will be wondering what, if anything, State Labor stands for in 2019.



Media Release

Friday, 8 February 2019

Labor Caves on Pokies Policy

Cassy O'Connor MP - Rebecca White has caved in to pressure from her State and Federal colleagues, making it clear on ABC radio today that her party has abandoned its policy on the removal of poker machines from pubs and clubs.



Speech

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Labor Motion - Want of Confidence in the Premier

Cassy O'Connor MP -

That this House -

(1) Has no confidence in the Premier, Will Hodgman, for the following reasons -

(a) The Premier has failed to demand the highest standards of conduct from his members.

(b) The Premier has refused to ask the honourable member for Braddon, Adam Brooks, to resign, despite a damming Integrity Commission report, which found he repeatedly lied about his involvement in his private company while Mining minister and attempted to delete crucial evidence.



Media Release

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

The Suffering Continues with Annual Report Confirming $175M Pokies Loss

Cassy O'Connor MP - The human misery and poverty caused by poker machines in pubs and clubs shows no sign of abating.



Speech

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Address in Reply

Rosalie Woodruff MP -

Dr WOODRUFF - Madam Speaker, the 2018 Tasmanian election was watched around Australia and has become known for all the wrong reasons. It was an incredibly bruising election. It was bruising for democracy in Tasmania. It was an election that was bought with money flowing into the state from the Federal Group to secure its investment in this state for the next 20 years or more. It was an election that was bought and the people of Tasmania were sold a pup.



Speech

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

No Confidence in Premier Hodgman over Pokies Corruption

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, it gives me no pleasure as the Greens Leader to stand here and bring on a motion of no confidence in the Premier of Tasmania. We made this commitment to the people of Tasmania in the days before the election.



Question

Thursday, 3 May 2018

THA Quid Pro Quo

Cassy O'Connor MP - We heard the Premier use the THA's talking points during his answer to our earlier question. Following the Federal Group, THA and gambling interests interstate bankrolling the Liberal Party's election campaign, you decided to gift the Tasmanian Hospitality Association $6.8 million.



Question

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Political Donations

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

It is now two months since election day but Tasmanians have not forgotten. You allowed your party to be bought and paid for by the gambling industry, accepting cash and in-kind donations in the order of millions of dollars from vested interests.



Motion

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

No Confidence in the Premier over Pokies Corruption

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Cassy O’Connor MP - On tomorrow to move -

That this House has no confidence in the Premier on the following grounds:

(1) The Premier allowed gambling interests from Tasmania and interstate to bankroll the Liberals' election campaign with unknown millions of dollars in dark, undisclosed money in cash and in-kind donations;



Media Release

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Tasmanian Liberals Rake in Donations, Declare Less than a Quarter

Cassy O'Connor MP - The latest Australian Electoral Commission disclosure returns reveal the State Liberals pocketed $2.39 million in political donations in 2016-17, but only declared the sources for $498 000.



Media Release

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Greens to Move for Independent Commission of Inquiry on Kevin Lyons and Federal Group Bribery Allegations

Andrea Dawkins - The Greens will move, in the new Parliament, for an Independent Commission of Inquiry to fully investigate the seedy history of the Federal Hotels monopoly deal, and the circumstances surrounding the extension of the Farrell family’s business into Launceston, and ultimately into pubs and clubs around the State. 



Media Release

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Liberals' Pokies Policy the Worst Case Scenario for Community

Andrea Dawkins - The Liberals have demonstrated just how deep in industry's pocket, and out of touch with the community, they are when it comes to the poker machines in the State. Their policy will entrench the harm caused, and ignite a competitive marketplace for addiction.



Media Release

Thursday, 14 December 2017

THA Must Reconsider Approach to Pokies

Andrea Dawkins - Should the people of Tasmania choose a parliament in 2018 that supports the removal of pokies from pubs and clubs, there is ample time for businesses, which currently rely on the misfortune of those playing the pokies, to become viable.



Media Release

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Community Pokies Campaign Yields Fruit

Andrea Dawkins - The Greens welcome the decision from Labor to finally commit to removing pokies from pubs and clubs.



Media Release

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

More Voices Against Pokies

Andrea Dawkins - The addition of the Country Women’s Association to the campaign against pokies in pubs and clubs is most welcome.



Media Release

Friday, 24 November 2017

Liberals' 'Free Beer' Arrangement with THA Doesn't Pass the Pub Test

Andrea Dawkins - The Liberals' arrangement with the Tasmanian Hospitality Association members funding their 'Pub Test' pre-election forums is wrong on so many levels.



Media Release

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Burnie City Council Reflects Community Concern about Pokies

Andrea Dawkins - Burnie City Council’s decision to seek feedback from local businesses on the future of pokies in their community is timely. There’s a growing push to get these toxic machines out of pubs and clubs.



Media Release

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Small Business Council's Call to Reduce Pokies Welcome

Andrea Dawkins - The Greens welcome the Tasmanian Small Business Council’s policy to reduce poker machines in Tasmania. This is a unique opportunity to free the community from these parasitic machines, and for small businesses to reap the financial reward.



Speech

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Federal Group - Election Campaign Donations

Andrea Dawkins - Andrea Dawkins asks the Premier whether he will rule out his party accepting donations from Federal Group.



Media Release

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Pokies-Free Pembroke Petition Tabled

Rosalie Woodruff MP - In Parliament this morning, and ahead of the Pembroke by-election this weekend, the Greens tabled a petition expressing the deep community concern about the damaging impact of poker machines.



Media Release

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Liberals Refuse to Back Donations Reform

Cassy O'Connor MP - In a week where the Premier has failed to be transparent about a $30 000 donation from a Chinese owned company which ASIO warned about in 2015, it is no surprise the Liberals support the status quo, where voters don't know until 12-18 months after such a donation has been made.



Media Release

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Premier Deflecting on Donations from Federal Hotels

Andrea Dawkins - When asked again in Parliament today whether the Liberals will be accepting donations from Federal Hotels in the lead up to the next State election, the Premier ignored the question and attempted to deflect responsibility to his beleaguered State Director, Sam McQuestin.



Media Release

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Premier Can't Keep Pointing the Finger at McQuestin

Cassy O'Connor MP - Whether it’s on shady donations from foreign owned companies or the Federal Group, or dirty tricks in Pembroke, the Premier simply refuses to take responsibility for the conduct and decisions of the political party he leads.



Media Release

Monday, 23 October 2017

Property Council 'Leaders' Debate

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Property Council knows which side its bread is buttered on.  It’s hosting a debate between the leaders of the two political parties who are in furious agreement on changes to the planning scheme written by and on behalf of developers, the handing of extraordinary powers to the Planning Minister which are a recipe for corruption, the compulsory acquisition of the pinnacle of kunanyi/Mt Wellington for a private development, and the refusal to support donations reform to prevent vested interests buying political favours.



Media Release

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Gambling Inquiry Report Backs in Pokies' Profits Over People

Andrea Dawkins - The Future Gaming Markets Inquiry report tabled today has failed Tasmanians by backing in the status quo and the continued harm caused by poker machines in disadvantaged communities across the State.



Question

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Mr Lennon and Mr Gay - Alleged Meetings with Government

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN



Question

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Poker Machines - Liberals' Position

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Ms DAWKINS question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

[10.52 a.m.]
In recent days, you and the Treasurer have accused Labor of having no position on pokies. This may or may not be true. It could be a question for the former premier and current federal lobbyist, Paul Lennon. Your Treasurer said your Government will consider the report of the committee that is examining the future of the monopoly deed, but your already stated position is to support the THA in maintaining pokies in pubs and clubs. Are you not as compromised as Labor on this issue?



Question

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Poker Machines - Agreement

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Ms DAWKINS question to TREASURER, Mr GUTWEIN

[10.23 a.m.]
Have you met with representatives from Federal Hotels and/or the Tasmanian Hotels Association to discuss the agreement which was flagged on the ABC this morning? Can you provide the House with any detail on those discussions? On behalf of Tasmanians so cruelly harmed by the proliferation of poker machines in pubs and clubs, will you now rule out locking in any arrangement with Federal Hotels and the AHA before the next state election?



Question

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Poker Machines - Agreement

Andrea Dawkins - Andrea Dawkins questions the Premier over the agreed position between Federal Group and the Australian Hotels Association, Tasmania, on future pokies arrangements.



Media Release

Sunday, 17 September 2017

THA is Wrong on Liquor and Gaming Commission

Cassy O'Connor MP - Calls by Tasmanian Hospitality Association spokesperson, Steve Old, to abolish the independent Liquor and Gaming Commission are deeply concerning.



Media Release

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Labor and Liberals Must Listen to Business and Community on Pokies

Andrea Dawkins - The open letter from 75 Tasmanian businesses implores both Labor and the Liberals to listen to the deep concern within the community about pokies.



Media Release

Monday, 11 September 2017

Dodgy Brothers, Lennon and Gay, Back in Business

Cassy O'Connor MP - With Paul Lennon on the Farrell family's payroll to protect their obscene pokies' profits, and disgraced ex-Gunns' boss, John Gay, set to profit from the push to log rainforest species in protected areas, it's clear the Dodgy Brothers are back in business.



Media Release

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Liberal Backbencher Sings to Donor's Tune

Cassy O'Connor MP - Liberal backbencher, Nic Street, is pointedly demonstrating what political influence decades of donations from the Federal Group to both major parties has bought.



Media Release

Friday, 11 August 2017

Anglicare Report Further Proof Tasmania Wins Without Monopoly Deed

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Treasury spokesperson

The Greens hope all Liberal and Labor MPs will read in detail Anglicare's report on the enormous economic and social benefits that would flow if the toxic Federal monopoly Deed is extinguished.

Professor John Mangan's report details the positive economic returns to Tasmanian communities from removing pokies from pubs and clubs.



Media Release

Friday, 4 August 2017

Public Health Professional and Climate Educator Join Greens' Denison Ticket

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Tasmanian Greens will run a strong field of candidates in Denison in the upcoming State election.



Media Release

Friday, 28 July 2017

Labor and Liberals Ignore Health Cost of Pokies

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Tasmanians lose $200 million a year to poker machines. They devastate families and destroy lives.



Media Release

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Three and Half Years' Silence from Ogilvie on Pokies

Andrea Dawkins - In response to a Family Voice 2014 election survey*, Madeleine Ogilvie told voters she would support legislation to remove pokies from pubs and clubs.  Since then, Tasmanians have heard nothing more from Ms Ogilvie.



Media Release

Monday, 17 July 2017

Honest Appraisal of Pokies' Cost to Tasmania

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Australia Institute (Tasmania) paper, ‘Gambling on the Future’ applies an honest, data based lens to the social and economic impact of poker machines in Tasmania and finds that the costs far outweigh the benefits.



Media Release

Monday, 5 June 2017

Liberals' 'Individual Responsibility, Corporate Entitlement' Pokies Plan

Andrea Dawkins - In an ominous sign for Tasmanians affected by problem gambling, both the Premier and the Treasurer delivered a disappointing and underwhelming response to questions on the future of the Federal gambling monopoly in Budget Estimates today.



Media Release

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Liberal and Labor Parties Need to Reject Federal Group Donations

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

The Convenor of the Tasmanian Greens, Rosalie Gorton-Lee, and I have today written to the Premier, Leader of the Opposition and their respective Party Directors and Secretaries calling on them to make a public commitment to refusing donations from the Farrell family in the lead up to, during or after the next State Election.

With the Federal monopoly Deed due to formally expire in 2018 and end in 2019, now is a critical time for our democracy.  We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity.



Media Release

Monday, 8 May 2017

Pokies Deed Corruption Allegations Must be Heard by Parliamentary Inquiry

Andrea Dawkins - The Greens welcome news that Tasmania Police have agreed to review their investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption following the fall of the Liberal Bethune Government in 1972 and the subsequent Labor Government’s granting of the of the Launceston casino licence to the Farrell family, which led to their pokies monopoly deed.  



Media Release

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Liberals Must Listen to Rev. Costello on Pokies

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Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Gambling spokesperson

World Vision Australia's Rev. Tim Costello, admired and respected by many Liberal MPs, has openly named the pokies industry as a powerful vested interest, which runs government gambling policy across Australia.  He has condemned the backroom deals done with Federal Group at public expense.

Rev. Costello’s comments echo those of the Tasmanian community, 80% of whom support the removal of pokies from pubs and clubs.



Media Release

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Liberals and Labor United on Crown Land Deals

Andrea Dawkins - Labor and the Liberals voted together against a Greens' Motion calling for far greater transparency in Crown Land deals with private developers.



Media Release

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

UTas Liberals' Voice Welcome on Pokies

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Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Gambling spokesperson

The Greens congratulate the UTas Liberals for their stance on poker machines in Tasmania.

It's encouraging that the new generation of Liberals in Tasmania have an understanding of the significant social and economic harm pokies cause, and the impact on the lives of disadvantaged Tasmanians.

Pokies destroy lives every day in Tasmania and it's refreshing to hear conservative voices acknowledge that, and call for action.



Media Release

Monday, 6 February 2017

Clear Message to Parliamentary Committee on Pokies' Harm

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Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Gambling spokesperson

The Joint Select Committee on Future Gaming Markets begins tomorrow, with an overwhelming number of submissions wanting pokies out of pubs and clubs.  

The evidence reflects the view of many Tasmanians who are concerned about the proliferation of poker machines in suburbs, particularly in low SES communities.

Pokies leech over $200M a year from Tasmanians, often from disadvantaged areas who can afford it the least.  They devastate families and destroy lives.



Media Release

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Donations' Disclosure Needed Before State Election

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Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Gambling spokesperson

Following Prime Minister Turnbull's encouraging comments about exploring 'more timely' political donations disclosure, Premier Hodgman should follow suit.

Donations' reform is fundamental to democracy, so voters can be fully informed about who gave how much, to which party, before an election.  It is about being open and transparent with the people you seek to represent.



Media Release

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Community Consultation on Pokies Only the First Step

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Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Gambling spokesperson

The Gaming Control Amendment (Community Consultation) Bill is a good first step to including the wider Tasmanian public in decision-making about where poker machines are located.  But until these machines are out of pubs and clubs, the poorest Tasmanians will still be the ones suffering.

The current character test for licensees does not take into account the social and economic harms to communities form poker machine proliferation.  This is the first step to communities having a voice.



Media Release

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Glenorchy Pokie Licence Shows Need for Moratorium

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Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Gambling spokesperson

The news today that yet another licensed venue in Glenorchy has applied to operate poker machines beggars belief.

An extra 20 poker machines in Glenorchy's "Golden Mile" when the Hodgman Government have committed to capping pokie numbers flies in the face of the work of the Joint Select Committee on Gaming in Tasmania.

The Joint Select Committee on Future Gaming Markets was established because of serious community concern about poker machines in Tasmania.  



Media Release

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Old Parties Refuse to Support Real Time Donations Disclosure

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Greens are disappointed both the Liberal and Labor Parties joined together, once again, to vote against donation transparency and democratic process.



Speech

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

State Budget: Address in Reply

Andrea Dawkins - The Greens’ Alternative Budget is a statement of values.  It restores frontline funding to education and rightly includes the state Government's share of responsibility for crumbling sewerage and water infrastructure - two important issues for my seat of Bass and for the wider community.



Motion

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Greens Alternative Budget 2016: Phase Out Poker Machines

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Wednesday 1 June 2016

Cassy O'Connor MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Understands that poker machines leech funds from Tasmanian communities that can afford it the least and have caused profound harm to individuals, families and the children of poker machine addicts.

(2)           Recognises there is no social or economic benefit to the State as a result of the proliferation of poker machines in pubs and clubs around Tasmania.

(3)           Acknowledges that this Government is addicted to the revenue from poker machines.



Media Release

Monday, 16 May 2016

Committee Should Investigate Pokies Plebiscite

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Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Gambling spokesperson

Brighton Mayor, Tony Foster’s suggestion that we bring the question of poker machines in our pubs and clubs to a plebiscite highlights Tasmania's distaste for pokies.

Anglicare's polling shows that around 80% of Tasmanians want pokies out of our pubs and clubs. A courageous government would heed the public will to remove these machines that leech over $200M every year from Tasmanians.

There's serious community anxiety around the placement, number and design of pokies in our suburbs.



Speech

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Ministers Failing to Answer Questions on Notice

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I was flicking through the notices of question that arrived on our desk today.  It is disappointing to see the number of questions that were put on notice some time ago that have not yet been answered by ministers.  At risk of sounding matronising -

Mr Jaensch - You can't help that.

Ms O'CONNOR - I cannot help it from time to time.

Mr Jaensch - Natural style.



Media Release

Friday, 15 April 2016

Federal Hotels' $25M Bluff

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson

The Federal Group's announcement today that its proposed $25M development at Port Arthur will go ahead whether they have a long term extension to the pokies monopoly Deed or not, is revealing.

It's clear previous threats that the company would not be able to build without the Deed security was a $25 million bluff from a seasoned hand at these sorts of gambles.



Question

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Concern over Pokies Terms of Reference Falls on Gutwein's Deaf Ears

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Ms DAWKINS question to TREASURER, Mr GUTWEIN



Question

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Terms of Reference Just Liberal Policy

Andrea Dawkins -

Ms DAWKINS question to TREASURER, Mr GUTWEIN

The Premier has made it clear the Government will not budge on pokies, yet each poker machine in Launceston, excluding the casino, takes $52 170 from the local community. The recent interactive map from Anglicare tells us this is $10 000 more than the average wage. The terms of reference for the joint select committee look like Liberal Party policy instead of an open consultation with Tasmanians with very little detail and omitting investigation of the style, design, number and location of poker machines in Tasmania.



Question

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Will the Public Get a Say on Pokies?

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

Do you agree that poker machines cause profound social and economic harm in Tasmania? 

Do you acknowledge Anglicare Tasmania's polling which shows that 84 per cent of Tasmanians want poker machines out of pubs and clubs? 

If you acknowledge these facts, how can you as Premier not act given this once-in-a-generation opportunity to remove poker machines from pubs and clubs, as is the community's wish? 



Media Release

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Crucial Questions Missing from Pokies Inquiry

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Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Gambling spokesperson

The Treasurer's Terms of Reference for the Joint Select Committee on gambling read more like a tax-payer funded focus group than open, public consultation on one of our most serious community issues.

Clearly, the Liberals have finally noticed the level of concern in the community about the impact of pokies on disadvantaged Tasmanians. But their Terms of Reference fail to take into account removing machines from the suburbs.



Media Release

Monday, 4 April 2016

Gambling Inquiry Must Answer Real Question

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Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

The Tasmanian Greens will move in Parliament this week to ensure the once in a generation Joint Select Inquiry in to gambling and the Federal monopoly Deed also addresses the question of whether we should have poker machines in pubs and clubs at all.

The Liberal government is working hard to deny Tasmanians the chance to express their strong  views about the proliferation of pokies in pubs and clubs, proposing a Terms of Reference to the Inquiry that does not ask this question.



Media Release

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Liberals Completely Fail on Pokies

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Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Gaming spokesperson

The Liberals' complete lack of leadership and courage was on show in Parliament today. Treasurer Gutwein squibbed his responsibility to protect Tasmanians from the harm caused by pokes, missing the opportunity for once in a generation reform.

Treasurer Gutwein delivered a sham of a policy on pokies, ignoring the community's clear wish that these machines be wound back from pubs and clubs in Tasmania.



Media Release

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

State of the State Address in Reply

Cassy O'Connor MP - Madam Speaker, I have read a fair portion of the histories, including Professor Henry Reynolds’ landmark work, ‘The Fate of a Free People’, and recognise that a systemic erasure of Aboriginal Tasmanians in the birth records took place.



Media Release

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Open, Public Consultation Needed on Pokies

Andrea Dawkins - Anglicare's interactive pokie map makes a strong, clear statement about the scale of problem we are tackling in Tasmania.



Media Release

Monday, 22 February 2016

Still No Pokies Monopoly Mandate

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Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Gaming spokesperson

As the Federal Group monopoly deed comes to an end the Treasurer has a once in a generation chance to better protect our community.

It's heartening to hear the government's commitment consult widely on the monopoly deed by 2018, but that still won't be a mandate to extend. The government still needs to take this to Tasmanians at the next state election.  



Media Release

Monday, 1 February 2016

Pokies Leech $15M in December

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Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Gambling spokesperson

The finances of many Tasmanians look very bleak in the light of Treasury's pokie loss figures for December.

Tasmanians lost close to $16M on poker machines in December, almost half a million dollars more than the previous month.

To add insult to injury, December figures indicate slowed retail spending, and employment rates that got nowhere near the Christmas-kick they have in previous years.

These machine are parasitic, draining millions from the people who can least afford it.



Media Release

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Federal Hotels' Refurbishment Project

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson

Federal Hotels' pitch to link a $100M refurbishment of their properties to an extension of the pokies monopoly deed is an unashamed attempt to hold the state to ransom.

The proposal might look nice, but it shouldn't hang on the extension of the monopoly Deed that has caused so much suffering in Tasmania for decades.

Tasmanians lose about $100M every six months on poker machines. That comes out of the pockets of some of our most disadvantaged people in our most disadvantaged areas.



Media Release

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Pokies Spin Won't Wash

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Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Gaming spokesperson 

Treasurer Gutwein's statement today foreshadowing the release of Part B of Acil Allen's Social and Economic Impact Study of Gambling in Tasmania was just an opportunity to try and say, 'there's nothing to see here'.

All the Treasurer did was to confirm his government's support of the pokie industry, and their addiction to their profits. Profits from the poorest in our community.



Motion

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

The People Want Pokies Gone

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NOTICE OF MOTION

TUESDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2015

Andrea Dawkins On tomorrow to move -

That this House notes:

1.      That in the last 12 months Tasmanians lost almost $200 million dollars in poker machines, which equates to over $380 for every single adult and child in the State;



Media Release

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Pokies Poll Places Further Pressure on Government

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Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson

The EMRS opinion poll on poker machines confirms that the overwhelming majority of Tasmanians do not support the proliferation of these addictive machines in our communities.

Tasmanians clearly recognise that pokies are a social and economic poison. 

Too many Tasmanians have been hurt by these machines. People have lost their jobs, their families, their homes and tragically, in some cases, their lives.



Media Release

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Brighton Mayor Tells it Like it Is on Pokies Monopoly

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Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson

Brighton Mayor, Tony Foster, is a strong voice for his community on the issue of the harm caused by poker machines and the Federal Hotels' monopoly gaming Deed.

In a stinging statement released today, Mayor Foster is damning of the harm caused by poker machines in his community and the lack of research on the profound harm caused to low income Tasmanians as a result of the proliferation of poker machines in pubs and clubs in Tasmania.



Question

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Hodgman Won't Concede Federal Monopoly on Pokies Harming Tasmanians

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Ms DAWKINS question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN



Media Release

Monday, 2 November 2015

Government Must Listen to Community Sector on Pokies

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Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Gaming spokesperson

The Hodgman Government needs heed the call of the coalition of community sector organisations demanding urgent action to address the scourge of poker machine gambling in Tasmania immediately.

Removing pokies from our pubs and clubs would help channel revenue that is currently being lost on poker machine back into our communities, into families and into small suburban businesses. This is the government's chance to make a difference to Tasmanians in pain.



Question

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Federal Hotels Monopoly

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN
 
Yesterday at a function at David Walsh's outstanding Museum of Old and New Art you sat next to the businessman whose family refused your Government's request for permission to alter the Federal monopoly deed to allow MONA to establish its high rollers casino. How did you feel sitting next to Greg Farrell? A bit awkward, especially after, in 2008, you described the monopoly as a mates deal?



Media Release

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Pokies Built for Addiction

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Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Gaming spokesperson

The documentary 'Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation', that aired on ABC last night reinforced what we have known for many years, the odds are stacked heavily against those who play.

Poker machines that have proliferated in Tasmania are built for addiction and high losses.

The psychology used to keep problem gamblers coming back is playing the players with the machine return percentage set at the lowest possible mark at around 85%.



Media Release

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Liberals Still in Bed with Federal

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Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson

Treasurer Gutwein is failing to stand up for both disadvantaged Tasmanians and the cultural icon, MONA, in his acquiescence to Federal Hotels.

It is great shame for Tasmanians that the Liberals have again sided with their old and tired bedfellows, Federal Hotels.

We are at risk of losing the economic and social benefit of MONA's Robin Hood-eqsue development because this government is entirely beholden to Federals.



Media Release

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Liberals Back Old, Destructive Loser

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson

The Liberal Government was given a very simple choice by MONA, embrace the new Tasmanian economy or fall back into step with their familiar old allies and major donor, Federal Hotels.



Media Release

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Record Pokie Losses Show Liberals Lagging on Humane Policy

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Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Gaming spokesperson

July saw pokie losses in Tasmania jump to their highest level in 3 years, once more raising questions of how the Hodgman Government plan to support the community - all while continuing to cosy up to Federal Hotels.

With over $17Mil pumped through machines last month - almost $3Mil more than the preceding month - it is obvious that problem gambling is reaching crisis point in Tasmania.   



Media Release

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Liberals Have No Mandate for Federal Deal

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Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson

The Treasurer's Federal monopoly rhetoric in Parliament today remains empty and meaningless, despite its bombastic delivery.

The simple reality is that the Liberal Government has no mandate to roll over Federal Hotels' monopoly deed.

It is clear that the Liberals have once more rolled over to Federal and are using the MONA high roller proposal as a stalking horse to extend the socially-toxic monopoly deal.



Motion

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Live Music Industry

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That this House notes:

1.     The recent University of Tasmania report evaluating the social, cultural and economic contribution to the community of the Australian Live Music Industries;

2.     That a detailed model of consumer spending estimated the Live Music Industries contributed approximately $15m to the national economy last year;

3.     That the report indicates a cost-benefit analysis of available data found investment in live music delivers a return of $3 for every dollar spent;



Media Release

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Gutwein Preparing to Roll Over to Federal

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Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Teasury spokesperson

In Parliament today, Treasurer Peter Gutwein made it clear he is prepared to do Federal Hotels' bidding and extend the destructive gambling monopoly deal beyond 2018.

The Treasurer is using MONA’s desire to establish a boutique, high-rollers casino as a Trojan horse to extend the Federal monopoly deal which was negotiated and signed in secret back in 2003.



Motion

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Federal Hotels 2018 Deal

Cassy O'Connor MP -

NOTICE OF MOTION

That the House:

1.     Recognises the profound social and economic harm caused by problem gambling and the proliferation of poker machines in pubs and clubs in Tasmania;

2.     Notes that the Federal Group has reaped massive profits at the expense of low income Tasmanians as a result of the 15 year monopoly on gambling venues in Tasmania, a secretly negotiated deal supported by both Labor and Liberal parties;

3.     Notes that the monopoly license expires in 2018, an election year;



Media Release

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Extra $4m Lost During 2014-15 Financial Year on Pokies

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Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Racing & Gaming spokesperson

Tasmanians lost almost $194m in the 2014-15 financial year, which equates to nearly $4m more than the previous financial year.

And this is despite the number of machines around State dropping by 39, and the number of venues, including casinos, reduced to 97 statewide.

Our population is facing even further hardship, and with heartless reforms and job losses en masse under this government, the strain being put on some households must be at breaking point.



Media Release

Friday, 24 July 2015

POKIES NEED INDEPENDENT OVERSIGHT

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Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Gaming spokesperson

The odds are already stacked against patrons who play the pokies, and with those machines malfunctioning the losses are set to be even greater.

The latest machine malfunction debacle comes on the back of almost $180 million worth of losses by Tasmanians on the pokies over the last year.

As a result of the deal struck with Federal Hotels, State coffers are being boosted to the detriment of the Tasmanian public.