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.