• Jacqui Lambie calls for removal of poker machines from pubs and clubs
• Will Hodgman and the Liberals out in the cold
• Lambie says pokies in suburbs and towns are “destroying” people
The Liberal Party is out in the cold following strong comments from Jacqui Lambie on the removal of poker machines from pubs and clubs.
Shadow Treasurer Scott Bacon said the Liberal MPs are becoming increasing isolated.
“Leaders from across the political spectrum are saying they want pokies out of pubs and clubs,” Mr Bacon said.
“Jacqui Lambie says it as she sees it and her comments on poker machines are very powerful.”
She told Leon Compton on ABC Hobart:
“I’ll tell you what, the effects it’s having out there on people’s lives, especially those ones that should not be spending money through pokies – absolutely destroying them.”
“25 years ago, when I was 17 or 18 working behind those bars we didn’t have those poker machines in there Leon – and those pubs and clubs used to rock.”
“Jacqui Lambie’s comments leave Will Hodgman and the Liberals isolated as the only party putting poker machine profits ahead of people,” Mr Bacon said.
“While the Premier’s echoing the talking points of Federal Hotels, other political leaders are standing up for vulnerable people whose lives have been affected by problem gambling.
“Support is growing to remove pokies for pubs and clubs because it’s the right thing for the health of communities and the health of the economy overall.”