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Still No Pokies Monopoly Mandate

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Gaming spokesperson

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

It's heartening to hear the government's commitment consult widely on the monopoly deed by 2018, but that still won't be a mandate to extend. The government still needs to take this to Tasmanians at the next state election.  

Pokies Leech $15M in December

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Gambling spokesperson

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

Tasmanians lost close to $16M on poker machines in December, almost half a million dollars more than the previous month.

To add insult to injury, December figures indicate slowed retail spending, and employment rates that got nowhere near the Christmas-kick they have in previous years.

These machine are parasitic, draining millions from the people who can least afford it.

Federal Hotels' Refurbishment Project

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson

Federal Hotels' pitch to link a $100M refurbishment of their properties to an extension of the pokies monopoly deed is an unashamed attempt to hold the state to ransom.

The proposal might look nice, but it shouldn't hang on the extension of the monopoly Deed that has caused so much suffering in Tasmania for decades.

Tasmanians lose about $100M every six months on poker machines. That comes out of the pockets of some of our most disadvantaged people in our most disadvantaged areas.

Pokies Spin Won't Wash

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Gaming spokesperson 

Treasurer Gutwein's statement today foreshadowing the release of Part B of Acil Allen's Social and Economic Impact Study of Gambling in Tasmania was just an opportunity to try and say, 'there's nothing to see here'.

All the Treasurer did was to confirm his government's support of the pokie industry, and their addiction to their profits. Profits from the poorest in our community.

Pokies Poll Places Further Pressure on Government

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson

The EMRS opinion poll on poker machines confirms that the overwhelming majority of Tasmanians do not support the proliferation of these addictive machines in our communities.

Tasmanians clearly recognise that pokies are a social and economic poison. 

Too many Tasmanians have been hurt by these machines. People have lost their jobs, their families, their homes and tragically, in some cases, their lives.

Brighton Mayor Tells it Like it Is on Pokies Monopoly

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson

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.

In a stinging statement released today, Mayor Foster is damning of the harm caused by poker machines in his community and the lack of research on the profound harm caused to low income Tasmanians as a result of the proliferation of poker machines in pubs and clubs in Tasmania.

Government Must Listen to Community Sector on Pokies

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Gaming spokesperson

The Hodgman Government needs heed the call of the coalition of community sector organisations demanding urgent action to address the scourge of poker machine gambling in Tasmania immediately.

Removing pokies from our pubs and clubs would help channel revenue that is currently being lost on poker machine back into our communities, into families and into small suburban businesses. This is the government's chance to make a difference to Tasmanians in pain.

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