The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will join Senator Nick Xenophon to launch Losing Streak: How Tasmania was gamed by the gambling industry by author and historian James Boyce in Canberra today.

“Losing Streak is a damning account of the history of gambling regulation in Tasmania,” Mr Wilkie said.

“In particular James Boyce explains the extraordinary factors that led to one company owning the monopoly casino and poker machine licenses in the State.

“Of particular interest to me are the serious unanswered questions surrounding the resignation of former Tasmanian Deputy Premier Kevin Lyons in 1972. The allegations that Mr Lyons was bribed, which brought about the fall of the Bethune Government, should be thoroughly investigated and last week I wrote to the Tasmanian Police Commissioner urging him to reopen the investigation.

“Losing Streak is a must-read for anyone that genuinely cares about governance and gambling regulation. In fact I’ll be personally sending a copy to every member of the Tasmanian Joint Select Committee on Future Gaming Markets, which is currently investigating whether or not to extend Federal Group’s monopoly license.”

Today’s event follows Mr Wilkie launching the book in Hobart last week:

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