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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Economy

Federal Hotels’ 1993 submission to extend pokies to the ‘Burbs. Federal’s own Social Study report

*Pic: From ‘Team Mulawa’ here: “Greg Farrell Jr, “Mr. Mulawa”: Greg is by nature very hands-on – activity done translates into learning and understanding – and he still applies this essential quality to the horses with ambitious zeal and earnest dedication. Greg is a natural horseman – his innate affection for and confident ease with horses is readily apparent in his daily interaction with the horses at every level. Although Greg’s primary vocational responsibility has always been Managing Director of Federal Group (the highly successful and widely respected Australian owned family business and the world’s second oldest hotel group), he always finds quality time for the horses. He remains integrally involved with all the handling and training of the Mulawa Arabians, from early breaking through the professional turn out of top level show ring performers in hand. (Pictured with ADVENT) “

Anglicare: Ex-Victorian MP urges Tasmania to lead the nation on pokies reform

Read for yourself … Federal Group’s Social and Economic Impact Study Report from 2014, here

Fascinating. A look into the way business is done in Tasmania … and a warning from The Mercury. Mind you this was 1993 …

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*Lindsay Tuffin has been a journo since 1969, mainly in Tassie … apart from a few years around Oz and in Pomland where he edited ‘Buzz’ for five years, a magazine dealing with church and social issues [beaten in audit circulation only by Aero Modeller magazine (Specialist Interest category)]; and a brief stint as a Uni chaplain …

Read for yourself … Federal Group’s Social and Economic Impact Study Report from 2014, here

Anglicare: Ex-Victorian MP urges Tasmania to lead the nation on pokies reform

12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Pat Caplice

    February 8, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Watching and listening at the current Joint Select Committee into Pokies during Greg’s grilling was interesting. Maaaaate Maaaaaate Verbal and non verbal. Inside the room and outside.

    Maaaaaate. The bleating call of genus obsequious. Less dominant in 2017 than at the 2003 PAC hearing. But still there, load and clear.

    Pat Caplice
    Rein in The Pokies … https://www.facebook.com/Rein-In-The-Pokies-191187691233681/

  2. Greg James

    February 8, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    This is an example of the hypocrisy over the years of the whole gaming machine lobby. The people who represent it are quite willing to say what they are told. The people who police it are quite willing to take the easy way out.

    This week in Joint Select Committee hearings, the bureaucrats from the Gaming Commission made a joke of the complaint system by stating ‘they had no complaints’. The reason they have no complaints is that in any monopoly the bully you are complaining against also is the bully who decides your fate when you complain.

    The simplistic reasoning for poker machines in the suburbs has no material back-up, no evidence except an opinion and no explanation for their parasitic behaviour other than its good for me, so it must be good for you.

  3. Frank again

    February 8, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Sick society to have a state government collaborating with one (1) company how to best “milk” the island community for maximum short term benefit.

    Sad, real and sickening.

    The not reversible damage to my family is done,

    The consequences are substantial.

    If I had only known at the time I set down with Craig Farrell and the then chair of the Tourism Council what actually was going on, I would have not bothered to have that friendly an calm conversation.

    There should be no poker machines, at least not outside the two casinos!

  4. Mick Kenny

    February 9, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    How have Federal Group’s staunchest allies in government positions fared over the years of this monopoly?

  5. mike seabrook

    February 9, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    and remember the other dealings —

    promised cap exp and other undertakings which did not eventuate or if they did so partially much later and after these cronies of the pollies tried to get other benefits from the tassie treasury/taxpayer

    and
    the abt rail in queenstown which the casino business handed back to the tassie taxpayer – a savage ongoing hit to the tassie treasury/taxpayer

    and what donations have been made to the pollies and their parties

    why not check out what james packer and crown would offer for a casino to be developed at the csiro site and car park at the southern entrance to sullivans cove. – a mini barangaroo anyone which would light up salamanca/battery point/hobart

  6. mike seabrook

    February 9, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    devolve accountability – let the councils decide for their areas and also alcohol trading in their council areas.

  7. Stephen Menadue

    February 9, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    If we allow them to, people like Greg Farrell and the other profiteers from poker machine misery will milk what they can from us and slip quietly away into a life of undisturbed luxury. There will be nobody to answer the question,why. We need a class action in Tassie against the Farrells-not specifically against Federal Group. Maybe i’m a bit naive about such things but i see these people as the face of the authors of this misery and so that face needs to be in the dock. Should we make them answer for their actions? Will we?

  8. O'Brien

    February 12, 2017 at 2:56 am

    “..by a weight of numbers of little worried men (businessmen) reassure themselves that business is noble and not the curious ritualized thievery they know it is; that business men are intelligent in spite of the records of their stupidity; that they are kind and charitable in spite of the principles of sound business;”
    ― John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

    Of course these parasites upon humanity praise themselves as wise businessmen. The fact they contribute to untold misery for people drawn to their poker machine rackets wouldn’t cross their greedy minds. It was Tasmanian Labor under Bacon & Lennon who gifted these suck-fish their monopoly on robbing the poor. Bacon’s son now sits like a mute toad in government chambers saying nothing that would put anyone offside, all to keep his cozy seat. The rest of Tas ALP/PLP are little better, terrified of displeasing their masters. The Liberals sure as hell don’t have any problems with the rich and powerful robbing the poor, after all as Liberals it’s in their DNA.

    Who paid for the dam construction at Freycinet for Farrell’s Sapphire lodge? Who is responsible for managing the waste from this obscene monument to greed & stupidity? We the people of Tasmania that’s who. Who will benefit from the proposed NPWS/Liberal scam to rewrite the WHA management plan? The Farrells that’s who.

  9. mike seabrook

    February 13, 2017 at 1:39 am

    ask don challen for his current opinion

    regrets???

  10. Pat Caplice

    February 13, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Poor Don Challen need have no regrets, but possibly anger.

    He went into negotiations with Federal in 2002 “with strict riding orders”. Orders from his political maters, Jim Bacon, Paul Lennon and David Crean. Orders that established the tenor and result that so favoured Federal over the state and his Treasury.

    Regrets from his political masters. Unlikely.

    Pat Caplice

  11. Greg James

    February 14, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    #9 and 10, you must be joking about Challen, a man who wants it both ways.
    Challen negotiated the original monopoly in 1994, giving Federal Hotels more than what they asked for. No tenders or competition for the monopoly, there was no input by the stakeholders the AHA and clubs. I know because I was President at the time of the AHA. There was a complete breakdown in natural justice for the public. Negotiations where held behind closed doors and then announced as a fait accompli.
    Until this point Federal Hotels had opposed the introduction of machines but strangely they jumped at the deal offered, which was a complete sell out of the public’s rights and the marketing privacy of the hotels. This gave Federal Hotels the opportunity to pick the eye teeth out of the hotel industry and eventually cripple the AHA. The AHA to this day have not come to grips with how they were sold out by the Groom and the Bacon governments. How they were compromised by the Liberal Party, the party of Free enterprise and made into begging toadies of Federal Hotels.

  12. Pat Caplice

    February 14, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Thanks for the 1994 background Greg. I am up to speed from 2002 but not back that far.

    I am looking forward to James Boyce’s new book. Should be thorough.

    http://oldtt.pixelkey.biz/index.php?/books-article/james-boyces-losing-streak-how-tasmania-was-gamed-by-the-gambling-industry/

    Pat

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