Image for HCC’s strong anti-pokies stand ...

The 5-4 vote is a very significant shift in HCC policy.

To sign up to the Tas Community Coalition is a big shift and one conservatives will hate.

The relevant decision ...

2.5. As well as the Public Policy Principles outlined above, the TCC has also recommended to the Tasmanian government ‘that the following measures be introduced on expiration or renegotiation of the current Deed between Federal Hotels and the State of Tasmania’.

(i) All poker machines in Tasmania required to have a system that allows people to set an enforceable limit on their losses;

(ii) Volatility of all poker machines in Tasmania be reduced by setting the maximum bet limit to $1, decreasing the jackpot amounts and frequencies and increasing the amount of time between each button push;

(iii) That it be a requirement of their gambling licence that venues identify people exhibiting gambling problems and intervene appropriately;

(iv) All poker machines in Tasmania to contribute at the same rate to the Community Support Levy; and

(v) Poker machines be phased out of hotels and clubs in Tasmania ...

Mercury editorial: Pokies the hottest issue