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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.

THA Must Reconsider Approach to Pokies

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens’ Gambling spokesperson

Should the people of Tasmania choose a parliament in 2018 that supports the removal of pokies from pubs and clubs, there is ample time for businesses, which currently rely on the misfortune of those playing the pokies, to become viable.

If the letter is sent to Federal Group next year informing them that their stranglehold on pokies in Tasmania is over and that from 2023 they have to be removed from pubs and clubs, there are training services available to help that transition process.

Premier Deflecting on Donations from Federal Hotels

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Gambling spokesperson 

When asked again in Parliament today whether the Liberals will be accepting donations from Federal Hotels in the lead up to the next State election, the Premier ignored the question and attempted to deflect responsibility to his beleaguered State Director, Sam McQuestin.

Pokies baron, Greg Farrell, has said his company will be offering donations to both Labor and the Liberals to help them “articulate” policy. 

Labor and Liberals Ignore Health Cost of Pokies

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Health spokesperson 

Tasmanians lose $200 million a year to poker machines. They devastate families and destroy lives.

The mental health cost of pokies can be serious. The recent Australia Institute report into the economic impacts of pokies in Tasmania noted 6.5% of problem gamblers had contemplated suicide in the last 12 months, and 1.5% had attempted it. *

Three and Half Years’ Silence from Ogilvie on Pokies

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Gambling spokesperson 

In response to a Family Voice 2014 election survey*, Madeleine Ogilvie told voters she would support legislation to remove pokies from pubs and clubs.  Since then, Tasmanians have heard nothing more from Ms Ogilvie.  

Ms Ogilvie has been silent about poker machines, and the serious harm they cause, for three and a half years.  It’s hard to escape the conclusion her comments at the LGAT Conference were pre-election posturing.

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