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Pokies Leech $15M in December

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.

Federal Hotels' Refurbishment Project

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.

Pokies Poll Places Further Pressure on Government

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.

Brighton Mayor Tells it Like it Is on Pokies Monopoly

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.

Pokies Built for Addiction

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%.

Liberals Still in Bed with Federal

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.

Record Pokie Losses Show Liberals Lagging on Humane Policy

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.   

Liberals Have No Mandate for Federal Deal

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.


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