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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.

Glenorchy Pokie Licence Shows Need for Moratorium

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Gambling spokesperson

The news today that yet another licensed venue in Glenorchy has applied to operate poker machines beggars belief.

An extra 20 poker machines in Glenorchy's "Golden Mile" when the Hodgman Government have committed to capping pokie numbers flies in the face of the work of the Joint Select Committee on Gaming in Tasmania.

The Joint Select Committee on Future Gaming Markets was established because of serious community concern about poker machines in Tasmania.  

Committee Should Investigate Pokies Plebiscite

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Gambling spokesperson

Brighton Mayor, Tony Foster’s suggestion that we bring the question of poker machines in our pubs and clubs to a plebiscite highlights Tasmania's distaste for pokies.

Anglicare's polling shows that around 80% of Tasmanians want pokies out of our pubs and clubs. A courageous government would heed the public will to remove these machines that leech over $200M every year from Tasmanians.

There's serious community anxiety around the placement, number and design of pokies in our suburbs.

Crucial Questions Missing from Pokies Inquiry

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Gambling spokesperson

The Treasurer's Terms of Reference for the Joint Select Committee on gambling read more like a tax-payer funded focus group than open, public consultation on one of our most serious community issues.

Clearly, the Liberals have finally noticed the level of concern in the community about the impact of pokies on disadvantaged Tasmanians. But their Terms of Reference fail to take into account removing machines from the suburbs.

Liberals Completely Fail on Pokies

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Gaming spokesperson

The Liberals' complete lack of leadership and courage was on show in Parliament today. Treasurer Gutwein squibbed his responsibility to protect Tasmanians from the harm caused by pokes, missing the opportunity for once in a generation reform.

Treasurer Gutwein delivered a sham of a policy on pokies, ignoring the community's clear wish that these machines be wound back from pubs and clubs in Tasmania.


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