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The Reopening of Gambling Venues is a Travesty

Tasmania’s pubs, clubs and casinos reopened their doors to patrons, including long suffering gambling addicts who’ve had a three month reprieve.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Jun 2020

Pokies Venues Must Close to Save Lives

It is reckless negligence towards at-risk people for poker machine venues to continue to operate EGMs during a lethal, global pandemic. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Mar 2020

Federal Group Must Prioritise People's Lives Over Profits

The Federal Group appears not to fully grasp the deadly seriousness of the health risk within their pokies venues.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Mar 2020

Liberals' Sham Consultation to Entrench Poker Machine Harm

The Liberals' plan for the future of gambling in Tasmania released last yesterday afternoon will entrench social harm for two decades to come.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Feb 2020

Gutwein Must Rethink Pokies in his 'Compassionate' Tasmania

In his first statement as Premier, Mr Gutwein said he wanted a more compassionate Tasmania, where no one gets left behind.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Jan 2020

THA Quid Pro Quo Continues

The next installment of the Tasmanian Hospitality Association’s quid pro quo has been unveiled by their Liberal partners in government.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Dec 2019

Joint Select Committee on Future Gaming Markets

Tasmanian Greens submission to the Joint Select Committee on Future Gaming Markets, examining the future of pokies policy and the Federal Group's monopoly deed.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Submission  |  8 Dec 2016

Get Ready for Labor and Ogilvie to Sell Out Gambling Victims

Tasmanians who have suffered gambling addiction are set to be abandoned by both State Labor and former Labor MP Madeleine Ogilvie.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Dec 2019

Hodgman Government's Legacy

Cassy O'Connor questions the Premier over a year of failings.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  28 Nov 2019

Farrell Family Leeching Millions at the Expense of Disadvantaged Tasmanians

Federal Hotels continues to bloat its ill-gotten profits leeching off some of Tasmania’s poorest communities.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Nov 2019

People before Pokies

The Tasmanian Greens want to remove poker machines from pubs and clubs by progressively retiring machines under a 'sinking lid' model.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Policies  |  19 Feb 2018

Gambling Harm

The Government has an opportunity to move away from the monopoly deed, a special deal that was never supported by people in Tasmania.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Sep 2019

Gambling Harm

It is obvious to any observer of Tasmanian politics that in this place it is the Greens who raise the issues of the harm caused by poker machines.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Sep 2019

Devonport Gaming Licence for Proposed Hotel

You may be aware that last year the people of Devonport lost more than $10 million in the city's poker machines.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Sep 2019

Gambling Policy Changes

Cassy O'Connor questions the Treasurer on the tax deal being negotiated with Federal Group.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Sep 2019

Labor Abandon Health as Paul Lennon's Grip Tightens

After spending five years talking about the importance of health to Tasmanians, Labor appears to have abandoned their ‘top priority’.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Sep 2019

Labor Leadership Failure

In a time of climate emergency and growing social inequality, political parties need to work together to advance the public interest.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Sep 2019

Gaming Machine Policy

It was confirmed by last night's vote that Labor supports your socially and economically destructive policy to keep poker machines in pubs and clubs until 2043.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Aug 2019

Glenorchy RSL Club Closure

Cassy O'Connor moves a motion regarding the close of the Glenorchy RSL, the the Liberals' use of the Glenorchy RSL during the election campaign.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 Jul 2019

Liberals and Labor in Lock Step on Pokies

The lies and corruption at the heart of the 2018 State Election were laid bare by the sudden closure of the Glenorchy RSL a fortnight ago.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  31 Jul 2019

Glenorchy RSL Closure Lays Bare Liberals' Pokies Lies

The lies and corruption at the heart of the 2018 State Election has been laid bare by the sudden closure of the Glenorchy RSL.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  22 Jul 2019

Tasmanian Battlers Continue to Bleed Money to Federal Group

The latest Tasmanian Gaming Commission data reveals that in the month of April alone, $1.5 million was poured into the EGMs in Glenorchy.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  10 Jul 2019

Electoral Amendment Bill 2019

Cassy O'Connor delivers a Second Reading speech for the Electoral Amendment Bill 2019.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 Mar 2019

Gambling Policy

Rosalie Woodruff raises the impacts of harming gambling policies in the Greens Matter of Public Importance debate.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 Mar 2019

Gambling Policy

Cassy O'Connor questions the treasurer over tax reform proposals from Federal Group.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 Mar 2019

State of the State Address

Cassy O'Connor delivers a State of the State address (Address in Reply speech) for 2019.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  20 Mar 2019

Liberals and Labor Put Gambling Interests Ahead of Public Interest

The Treasurer confirmed today he has written to the Federal Group and plans to introduce legislation to progress the Liberals’ pokies policy. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  20 Mar 2019

Labor in 2019 Stands for Nothing

Tasmanians who voted Labor at the last election on the basis of their position on pokies will be wondering what State Labor stands for in 2019.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Mar 2019

Labor Caves on Pokies Policy

Rebecca White made it clear on ABC radio today that her party has abandoned its policy on the removal of poker machines from pubs and clubs.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  8 Feb 2019

The Suffering Continues with Annual Report Confirming $175M Pokies Loss

The human misery and poverty caused by poker machines in pubs and clubs shows no sign of abating.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Nov 2018

No Confidence in Premier Hodgman over Pokies Corruption

It gives me no pleasure as the Greens Leader to stand here and bring on a motion of no confidence in the Premier of Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 May 2018

THA Quid Pro Quo

The Treasurer decided to gift the THA $6.8 million following significant donations from the them during the election campaign.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  3 May 2018

Political Donations

The Premier allowed his party to be bought and paid for by the gambling industry, accepting millions of dollars from vested interests.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 May 2018

No Confidence in the Premier over Pokies Corruption

The Premier allowed gambling interests from Tasmania and interstate to bankroll the Liberals' election campaign.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 May 2018

Liberals' Pokies Policy the Worst Case Scenario for Community

The Liberals policy will entrench the harm caused, and ignite a competitive marketplace for addiction.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  9 Jan 2018

THA Must Reconsider Approach to Pokies

The current model is unsustainable and relies on the poorest Tasmanians losing more than they can afford to keep the pokies industry going.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  14 Dec 2017

Community Pokies Campaign Yields Fruit

The Greens welcome the decision from Labor to finally commit to removing pokies from pubs and clubs.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  13 Dec 2017

More Voices Against Pokies

The addition of the Country Women’s Association to the campaign against pokies in pubs and clubs is most welcome.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  12 Dec 2017

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

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

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  24 Nov 2017

Burnie City Council Reflects Community Concern about Pokies

Burnie City Council’s decision to seek feedback from local businesses on the future of pokies in their community is timely.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  22 Nov 2017

Small Business Council's Call to Reduce Pokies Welcome

The Greens welcome the Tasmanian Small Business Council’s policy to reduce poker machines in Tasmania.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  4 Nov 2017

Pokies-Free Pembroke Petition Tabled

In Parliament this morning, ahead of the Pembroke by-election, the Greens tabled a petition expressing community concern about the impact of poker machines.

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  2 Nov 2017

Premier Deflecting on Donations from Federal Hotels

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

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  1 Nov 2017

Premier Can't Keep Pointing the Finger at McQuestin

The Premier simply refuses to take responsibility for the conduct and decisions of the political party he leads.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Nov 2017

Property Council 'Leaders' Debate

The Property Council knows which side its bread is buttered on.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Oct 2017

Gambling Inquiry Report Backs in Pokies' Profits Over People

The Future Gaming Markets Inquiry report tabled today has failed Tasmanians by backing in the status quo.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  28 Sep 2017

Mr Lennon and Mr Gay - Alleged Meetings with Government

Former Labor premier Paul Lennon is on the Farrell family payroll in a bid to protect the obscene profits they make off the back of human suffering.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Sep 2017

Poker Machines - Liberals' Position

In recent days, the Premier and the Treasurer have accused Labor of having no position on pokies. This may or may not be true.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Aug 2017

Poker Machines - Agreement

has the Treasurer met with representatives from Federal Hotels and/or the THA to discuss the agreement which was flagged on the ABC this morning?

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Aug 2017

Poker Machines - Agreement

A significant majority of Tasmanians want poker machines removed from pubs and clubs. They want the Federal monopoly deed extinguished.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Aug 2017

THA is Wrong on Liquor and Gaming Commission

Calls by Tasmanian Hospitality Association spokesperson, Steve Old, to abolish the independent Liquor and Gaming Commission are deeply concerning.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Sep 2017

Labor and Liberals Must Listen to Business and Community on Pokies

The open letter from 75 Tasmanian businesses implores both Labor and the Liberals to listen to the deep concern within the community about pokies.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  14 Sep 2017

Liberal Backbencher Sings to Donor's Tune

Liberal backbencher, Nic Street, is demonstrating what political influence decades of donations from the Federal Group has bought.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Aug 2017

Anglicare Report Further Proof Tasmania Wins Without Monopoly Deed

The Greens hope all MPs will read in detail Anglicare's report on the enormous benefits that would flow if the Federal monopoly Deed is extinguished.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Aug 2017

Public Health Professional and Climate Educator Join Greens' Denison Ticket

The Tasmanian Greens will run a strong field of candidates in Denison in the upcoming State election.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Aug 2017

Labor and Liberals Ignore Health Cost of Pokies

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Jul 2017

Three and Half Years' Silence from Ogilvie on Pokies

Ms Ogilvie has been silent about poker machines, and the serious harm they cause, for three and a half years.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  27 Jul 2017

Honest Appraisal of Pokies' Cost to Tasmania

The Australia Institute paper applies an honest, data based lens to the social and economic impact of poker machines in Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Jul 2017

Liberals' 'Individual Responsibility, Corporate Entitlement' Pokies Plan

Both the Premier and the Treasurer delivered a disappointing and underwhelming response to questions on the future of the Federal gambling monopoly.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  5 Jun 2017

Liberal and Labor Parties Need to Reject Federal Group Donations

With the Federal monopoly Deed due to formally expire in 2018 and end in 2019, now is a critical time for our democracy.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 May 2017

Pokies Deed Corruption Allegations Must be Heard by Parliamentary Inquiry

Tasmania Police will review their investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption following the fall of the Liberal Bethune Government in 1972.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  8 May 2017

Liberals Must Listen to Rev. Costello on Pokies

Rev. Tim Costello has openly named the pokies industry as a powerful vested interest, which runs government gambling policy across Australia.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  12 Apr 2017

UTas Liberals' Voice Welcome on Pokies

The Greens congratulate the UTas Liberals for their stance on poker machines in Tasmania.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  15 Feb 2017

Clear Message to Parliamentary Committee on Pokies' Harm

The Joint Select Committee on Future Gaming Markets begins tomorrow, with an overwhelming number of submissions wanting pokies out of pubs and clubs.  

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  6 Feb 2017

Donations' Disclosure Needed Before State Election

Following Prime Minister Turnbull's encouraging comments about exploring 'more timely' political donations disclosure, Premier Hodgman should follow suit.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  2 Feb 2017

Community Consultation on Pokies Only the First Step

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  25 Oct 2016

Glenorchy Pokie Licence Shows Need for Moratorium

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

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  5 Oct 2016

State Budget: Address in Reply

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  31 May 2016

Greens Alternative Budget 2016: Phase Out Poker Machines

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 Jun 2016

Committee Should Investigate Pokies Plebiscite

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  16 May 2016

Ministers Failing to Answer Questions on Notice

It is disappointing to see the number of questions that were put on notice some time ago that have not yet been answered by ministers.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Apr 2016

Federal Hotels' $25M Bluff

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Apr 2016

Concern over Pokies Terms of Reference Falls on Gutwein's Deaf Ears

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Apr 2016

Terms of Reference Just Liberal Policy

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Apr 2016

Will the Public Get a Say on Pokies?

The Treasurer has made it clear that he does not want to give Tasmanians a real say on the location, number, type and design of poker machines in Tasmania. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Apr 2016

Crucial Questions Missing from Pokies Inquiry

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  6 Apr 2016

Gambling Inquiry Must Answer Real Question

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Apr 2016

Liberals Completely Fail on Pokies

Treasurer Gutwein squibbed his responsibility to protect Tasmanians from the harm caused by pokes, missing the opportunity for once in a generation reform.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  17 Mar 2016

State of the State Address in Reply

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Mar 2016

Open, Public Consultation Needed on Pokies

Anglicare's interactive pokie map makes a strong, clear statement about the scale of problem we are tackling in Tasmania.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  3 Mar 2016

Still No Pokies Monopoly Mandate

As the Federal Group monopoly deed comes to an end the Treasurer has a once in a generation chance to better protect our community.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  22 Feb 2016

Pokies Leech $15M in December

The finances of many Tasmanians look very bleak in the light of Treasury's pokie loss figures for December.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  1 Feb 2016

Federal Hotels' Refurbishment Project

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Dec 2015

Pokies Spin Won't Wash

Treasurer Gutwein isn't fooling Tasmanians. Anglicare's EMRS poll shows that, with 4 out of 5 people wanting pokies out of our pubs and clubs.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  18 Nov 2015

The People Want Pokies Gone

In the last 12 months Tasmanians lost almost $200 million dollars in poker machines, which equates to over $380 for every single adult and child in the State.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  17 Nov 2015

Pokies Poll Places Further Pressure on Government

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Nov 2015

Brighton Mayor Tells it Like it Is on Pokies Monopoly

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.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Nov 2015

Hodgman Won't Concede Federal Monopoly on Pokies Harming Tasmanians

Andrea Dawkins  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  29 Oct 2015

Government Must Listen to Community Sector on Pokies

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  2 Nov 2015

Pokies Built for Addiction

The documentary 'Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation', that aired on ABC last night reinforced what we have known for many years.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  21 Oct 2015

Liberals Still in Bed with Federal

Treasurer Gutwein is failing to stand up for both disadvantaged Tasmanians and the cultural icon, MONA, in his acquiescence to Federal Hotels.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  16 Sep 2015

Liberals Back Old, Destructive Loser

The Liberal Government was given a very simple choice by MONA, embrace the new Tasmanian economy or fall back into step with Federal Hotels.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Sep 2015

Record Pokie Losses Show Liberals Lagging on Humane Policy

July saw pokie losses in Tasmania jump to their highest level in 3 years, raising questions of how the Hodgman Government plan to support the community.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  1 Sep 2015

Liberals Have No Mandate for Federal Deal

The Treasurer's Federal monopoly rhetoric in Parliament today remains empty and meaningless, despite its bombastic delivery.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  27 Aug 2015

Gutwein Preparing to Roll Over to Federal

Treasurer Peter Gutwein made it clear he is prepared to do Federal Hotels' bidding and extend the destructive gambling monopoly deal beyond 2018.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Aug 2015

Federal Hotels 2018 Deal

Federal Group has reaped massive profits at the expense of low income Tasmanians as a result of the 15 year monopoly on gambling venues in Tasmania.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Aug 2015

Extra $4m Lost During 2014-15 Financial Year on Pokies

Tasmanians lost almost $194m in the 2014-15 financial year, which equates to nearly $4m more than the previous financial year.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  1 Aug 2015

Pokies Need Independent Oversight

The odds are already stacked against patrons who play the pokies, and with those machines malfunctioning the losses are set to be even greater.

Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  24 Jul 2015

Pokies Losses Unacceptable

The latest poker machines losses figures reveal Tasmanians lost $17, 203, 985 for the month of January this year, an increase on the December losses.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Mar 2015

Pokies Cost Community

The latest Treasury monthly break-down figures reveal Tasmanians lost a staggering $207, 340, 156 on poker machines from December 2013 to December 2014.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Feb 2015

Pokies Losses Increase

The latest EGM loss figures reveal that Tasmanians lost $17, 410, 489 on poker machines for the month of July alone.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  4 Sep 2014

$190 million lost on pokies

The latest poker machine loss figures reveal that Tasmanians lost the equivalent of an average annual salary of $53, 35 on every pokie machine in the state.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  1 Aug 2014