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Liberal and Labor Parties Need to Reject Federal Group Donations

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.

Pokies Deed Corruption Allegations Must be Heard by Parliamentary Inquiry

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Gaming spokesperson

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.  

This is an arrangement that began in the 70’s and has led to the destruction of families, and lives, in the decades since.

Liberals Must Listen to Rev. Costello on Pokies

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.

UTas Liberals' Voice Welcome on Pokies

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.

Donations' Disclosure Needed Before State Election

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.

Federal Hotels' $25M Bluff

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.

Still No Pokies Monopoly Mandate

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.  

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