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Small Business Council’s Call to Reduce Pokies Welcome

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Gambling spokesperson

The Greens welcome the Tasmanian Small Business Council’s policy to reduce poker machines in Tasmania. This is a unique opportunity to free the community from these parasitic machines, and for small businesses to reap the financial reward.

The Small Business Council, headed up by former Liberal candidate, Robert Mallett, can see we need a reduction in pokies. Their position, while the Greens believe relies too heavily on government assistance, would see the number of poker machines reduced from the community.

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. 

Strong Greens Franklin Ticket for State Election

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

The Tasmanian Greens will run a strong field of talented and committed candidates in Franklin in the upcoming State Election.

I'm delighted to announce our Franklin MP, Dr Rosalie Woodruff, will lead the Green ticket with Kingborough Councillor, Richard Atkinson, and small business owner, Holly Ewin, in the number two and three spots.

In the two years Rosalie has been in State Parliament, she has been an outstandingly effective Franklin representative and a strong, clear voice defending the marine environment.

Retailers and Police Unite to Combat Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour in Launceston

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Member for Bass

Local retailers have joined forces with Police and Cityprom, launching an initiative in Launceston this morning which I was pleased to have been invited to attend.

Property crime has risen in Launceston and surrounds by 60 per cent on this time last year, and that is unacceptable for a city where retailers and small business are already struggling to make ends meet.

Greens Budget Alternative for those the Liberals forgot

Nick McKim MP | Greens Treasury spokesperson

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Health and Human Services spokesperson 


Last week’s Liberal state Budget lacked compassion and courage. It offered nothing for small business in Tasmania, which is the engine room of the Tasmanian economy, and did not put one extra dollar into public housing despite waiting lists blowing out by over 40% since the Liberals came to office.

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