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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


‘Answers to gaming questions can be found in community’s voices’

Pokies-free Tasmanian pubs and clubs: This is the vision more than 80% of Tasmanians have for their communities and our State.

“We congratulate the Joint Committee on holding its review and giving a thorough airing to evidence from all sides of this issue,” spokesperson for the Community Voice on Pokies Reform coalition John Stubley said.

“Evidence presented to the Committee in submissions and in person during hearings was overwhelmingly in favour of removing pokies from Tasmania’s pubs and clubs,” Mr Stubley said.

“This is just one step in the long process of realising Tasmanians’ vision of a return to pokie-free communities.

“We need only look at the depth and breadth of the Community Voice coalition’s continually growing membership to know just how widespread this pokie-free vision is across our State.

“Tasmanians are ready and asking for change.

“We have no doubt our political representatives can sense this and are starting to hear the message loud and clear across the State.

“With strong leadership, we know they will listen to our voices and begin to work towards the Tasmania we want.”

The Community Voice on Pokies Reform coalition comprises 55 member organisations including local councils, not-for-profit service organisations, peak bodies, church-based groups and many others.

For the range of other reactions, TT Media HERE



  1. Tony Stone

    September 28, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Too much money in it for the political parties to actually ban pokies and they can’t do that until the agreement expires.

    But we could force all venues with pokies to implement live entertainment at all times pokies are operating. Or add a gaming tax on federal and venues that have pokies, which will send them broke unless they get rid of them.

    We also have to get rid of keno, gambling advertising and of course all online gambling in Tas.

    Also take racing gambling out of pubs and into unlicensed atmosphere empty buildings, based away from the mainstream population.

    We must not forget, both major parties have a hand in keeping the cash cow going for the federal monopoly. So they will find as many ways as possible to drag it out, hoping the people will forget about it until the next election.

    Then they will announce more reviews and desire to change the status quo, but as usual do nothing but give more to their vested interests.

    If we want to get rid of pokies, we need to get rid of the political party system and put governance in the direct hands of the people.

    That way we will get what the people want and not just a bunch of useless minorities and corporations, wasting our money on their stupid claims.

    If you take the hundreds of millions going into gambling each year and put it into communities there would be a big positive increase in many aspects of our society

  2. Ivo Edwards

    September 29, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    My thinking is that there is not so much inherently wrong with poker machines. Most of us are addicted to something or another thing that is not good for our finances or health. These include addictions to gambling, an unhealthy lifestyle, cigarettes, illicit drugs, licit drugs, including alcohol, sex, junk food and religion.

    How about then, we take the average 13% loss to gamblers each bet out of poker machines to support the government coffers and Federal Hotels poverty stricken executives, and just make them revenue neutral. That is to say pubs and clubs can still have pokies, but there is no overall loss to gamblers. They have an exact 50:50 chance of winning with any bet. Hence addicted gamblers will still come out revenue neutral in the long term. The pubs and clubs profit from selling drinks and food to the pokie fans, the government generates lots of goodwill and therefore lots of votes in the next election, and Federal Hotels can actually have time to count their outrageous profits from decades of exploiting Tasmanians

  3. PHilip Lowe

    October 4, 2017 at 2:22 am

    Ivo Edwards No 2.Hey mate,you speak for yourself.My nearest thing to addiction is a cup of tea first thing in the morning.Take note that the chap who was the Las Vegas killer was addicted to guns and gambling.I am wary of people who are into guns and gambling.

  4. Russell

    October 11, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    The most successful ‘Pub’ I have seen in Tasmania is the old Elizabeth Town pub which is now the Elizabeth Town Cafe.

    As a ‘Pub’ it hardly did any trade despite having the best possible location for passing traffic to stop, at the top of a hill on the main road from Devonport to Launceston.

    Since being sold and re-opened as the ETC it’s carpark has had to be extended again and again to accommodate the increasing numbers of travellers stopping for a break.

    I’ve seen the same sorry sight all over Tassie where there’s hardly ever a car parked outside a ‘Pub’. Grog and gambling obviously don’t pull in the punters, and pubs don’t offer anything for the family any more.

    Grog and gambling are to blame for much of the family violence and financial hardships being experienced in society.

    Pokies and gambling are set up to take your money, full stop, and no-one even has to be employed to take it.

  5. Stephen Menadue

    October 13, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    It’s obvious that #2 has no idea of the problem. What a ridiculous suggestion.

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