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THA is Wrong on Liquor and Gaming Commission

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

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

The history of political donations and cosy dealings tells us the Liberals and Labor are squarely in the pocket of Federal Group, making an independent regulatory body for alcohol and gambling absolutely essential. 

Federal Group owns the 9/11 bottle shop chain which is facing stiff competition from Woolworths-owned, Dan Murphy’s.

Labor and Liberals Must Listen to Business and Community on Pokies

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Gambling spokesperson

The open letter from 75 Tasmanian businesses implores both Labor and the Liberals to listen to the deep concern within the community about pokies. Author and historian, James Boyce, is voicing those concerns, and political leaders must listen. 

Tasmanians, and Tasmanian businesses, want a these machines removed from the community.  Removing pokies from pubs and clubs would see social harm minimized, and communities and local economies strengthened. 

Liberal Backbencher Sings to Donor's Tune

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

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

Any time Federal needs political backIng, the Liberal and Labor parties rush to their defence.

Fresh from the Liberal Party's State Council meeting at a Federal owned casino, Mr Street is now having a crack at the Greens for pointing out how desperate the Farrell family must be to improve their image by holding a rock concert at their Sandy Bay pokies barn.

Anglicare Report Further Proof Tasmania Wins Without Monopoly Deed

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Treasury spokesperson

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

Professor John Mangan's report details the positive economic returns to Tasmanian communities from removing pokies from pubs and clubs.

Public Health Professional and Climate Educator Join Greens' Denison Ticket

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

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

Greens’ party members have pre-selected the first three candidates on the Denison ticket through a ballot of members.

It is a great honour to have been pre-selected as the Greens’ lead candidate for the seat of Denison, a fantastic, dynamic electorate that I have been privileged to serve for the past nine years.

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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