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Liberal and Labor Parties Need to Reject Federal Group Donations

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

The Convenor of the Tasmanian Greens, Rosalie Gorton-Lee, and I have today written to the Premier, Leader of the Opposition and their respective Party Directors and Secretaries calling on them to make a public commitment to refusing donations from the Farrell family in the lead up to, during or after the next State Election.

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

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.

Liberals Must Listen to Rev. Costello on Pokies

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Gambling spokesperson

World Vision Australia's Rev. Tim Costello, admired and respected by many Liberal MPs, has openly named the pokies industry as a powerful vested interest, which runs government gambling policy across Australia.  He has condemned the backroom deals done with Federal Group at public expense.

Rev. Costello’s comments echo those of the Tasmanian community, 80% of whom support the removal of pokies from pubs and clubs.

UTas Liberals' Voice Welcome on Pokies

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Gambling spokesperson

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

It's encouraging that the new generation of Liberals in Tasmania have an understanding of the significant social and economic harm pokies cause, and the impact on the lives of disadvantaged Tasmanians.

Pokies destroy lives every day in Tasmania and it's refreshing to hear conservative voices acknowledge that, and call for action.

Clear Message to Parliamentary Committee on Pokies' Harm

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Gambling spokesperson

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

The evidence reflects the view of many Tasmanians who are concerned about the proliferation of poker machines in suburbs, particularly in low SES communities.

Pokies leech over $200M a year from Tasmanians, often from disadvantaged areas who can afford it the least.  They devastate families and destroy lives.

Donations' Disclosure Needed Before State Election

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Gambling spokesperson

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

Donations' reform is fundamental to democracy, so voters can be fully informed about who gave how much, to which party, before an election.  It is about being open and transparent with the people you seek to represent.

Community Consultation on Pokies Only the First Step

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Gambling spokesperson

The Gaming Control Amendment (Community Consultation) Bill is a good first step to including the wider Tasmanian public in decision-making about where poker machines are located.  But until these machines are out of pubs and clubs, the poorest Tasmanians will still be the ones suffering.

The current character test for licensees does not take into account the social and economic harms to communities form poker machine proliferation.  This is the first step to communities having a voice.

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.  

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