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People against pokies
Media Release - Friday, 6 December 2013
The Tasmanian Greens today said the Federal Government’s plan to scrap pokies harm minimisation measures including pre-commitment had put the responsibility back on the states.
Greens Gaming spokesperson Kim Booth MP today pledged that the Greens would use the next term of Parliament to continue the campaign to get rid of pokies and end addiction.
“The Greens will not give up our campaign for justice for pokie victims,” Mr Booth said.
“We will use the next term of government to continue our campaign to get rid of this social and economic scourge from our state.”
“It is quite obvious that the Federal Government doesn’t care enough for pokie victims to do anything serious about the problem, which puts the responsibility back on states.”
“The Greens remain fully committed to getting rid of pokies from Tasmania, with measures like a $1 bet limit and mandatory pre-commitment steps toward that goal."
“This is also a challenge to the Tasmanian Liberals to stand up for something.”
“When they pretended to care about pokie victims, the Liberals hid behind the Federal Government’s introduction of mandatory commitment as an excuse to do nothing in Tasmania.”
“Now that their excuse has been removed by the Abbott government’s callous indifference to pokie victims, the Hodgman Liberals need to stand up.”