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

 Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens’ Spokesperson for Gambling

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. 

The disinfectant of sunlight must be shone on this issue, as the Federal Hotels’ Monopoly Deed comes closer to expiring.

Liberals’ Pokies Policy the Worst Case Scenario for Community

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens’ Gambling spokesperson

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.

The evidence heard at the recent Parliamentary Inquiry made it clear, the Liberals' policy to enter into individual contracts with gaming venues is the worst case scenario.

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

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Gambling spokesperson 

The future of Federals Hotels' gambling monopoly Deed will be decided in the next term of Parliament.  Poker machines will be an election issue because the vast majority of voters want them out of pubs and clubs, and this election is the first time in almost fifty years that Tasmanians will have a direct say in the future of gambling in this State.

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

Burnie City Council Reflects Community Concern about Pokies

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Gambling spokesperson 

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.

There’s a strong appetite for change on pokies. Councillors and Aldermen would be feeling the same pressure as other elected representatives, and are clearly conscious they must act.

Small Business Council’s Call to Reduce Pokies Welcome

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Gambling spokesperson

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.

The Small Business Council, headed up by former Liberal candidate, Robert Mallett, can see we need a reduction in pokies. Their position, while the Greens believe relies too heavily on government assistance, would see the number of poker machines reduced from the community.

Pokies-Free Pembroke Petition Tabled

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Member for Franklin

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.

The petition, which attracted 471 signatures in just two weeks, called on the Liberals and Labor to remove pokies from pubs and clubs. It’s past time these parties put the interests of the community first, instead of their corporate donors.

Liberals Refuse to Back Donations Reform

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

In Parliament today, the Liberals again voted for their own political self-interest and on behalf of their corporate donors, refusing to support donations' reform in Tasmania.

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.

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