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Pokies-Free Pembroke Petition Tabled

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Member for Franklin

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

The petition, which attracted 471 signatures in just two weeks, called on the Liberals and Labor to remove pokies from pubs and clubs. It’s past time these parties put the interests of the community first, instead of their corporate donors.

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. 

Premier Can't Keep Pointing the Finger at McQuestin

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

Whether it’s on shady donations from foreign owned companies or the Federal Group, or dirty tricks in Pembroke, the Premier simply refuses to take responsibility for the conduct and decisions of the political party he leads.

It has become a hallmark of Will Hodgman’s leadership going back to, and beyond, the Mantach scandal.  Every time the heat is on, he points the finger at someone else.

Property Council 'Leaders' Debate

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

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

It’s hosting a debate between the leaders of the two political parties who are in furious agreement on changes to the planning scheme written by and on behalf of developers, the handing of extraordinary powers to the Planning Minister which are a recipe for corruption, the compulsory acquisition of the pinnacle of kunanyi/Mt Wellington for a private development, and the refusal to support donations reform to prevent vested interests buying political favours.

Gambling Inquiry Report Backs in Pokies’ Profits Over People

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Gambling spokesperson

The Future Gaming Markets Inquiry report tabled today has failed Tasmanians by backing in the status quo and the continued harm caused by poker machines in disadvantaged communities across the State. 

While the vast majority of submissions called for the removal of pokies from pubs and clubs, this is not reflected in the report.


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