Tasmanian Times

Economy

Aird bets on gamblers

SUNDAY TASMANIAN

LEAKED Budget documents show Treasurer Michael Aird is gambling on Tasmanians continuing to have a flutter. Despite power price hikes, new water and sewerage charges, MAIB increases and possible rises in council rates, the sensitive documents show an expected continuation of spending at casinos, on Tas Keno and on poker machines. Those forms of gambling will generate $58 million in the 2009-10 financial year, an increase of $200,000 on the Budget estimate made the year before. Read more here

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