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A quadra dose of Lazlo Steigenberger v Greg Farrell

Satire: Ted Mead

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Satire: Ted Mead

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*Pic: From ‘Team Mulawa’ ( http://www.mulawaarabians.com.au/team-mulawa ): “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) “

First published Feb 27

This video is about Greg Farrell borrowing downtrodden Tasmanians’ cash to feed his palamino …

Watch HERE

This video is about Tasmanian poker machine mayhem …

Watch HERE

This video is about lazlo dealing with a magnate ointment …

This video is about lazlo fighting for sanity in a sea of maddies …

*Lazlo Steigenberger is a satirist …

• Andrew Wilkie reveals Woolworths spying on poker machine users. Read his speech …

Andrew Wilkie MP speech in the Australian Parliament 28 Feb 18

Deputy Speaker, I can reveal today that Woolworths spies on its poker machine customers without their knowledge, keeps a secret database of personal information, and uses that information to encourage increased gambling. This practice undoubtedly increases revenue, but it’s also immoral, possibly illegal and directly fosters increased gambling addiction. I know this because of two brave whistle-blowers who’ve previously worked for Woolworths.

Deputy Speaker, Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group is majority owned by Woolworths and has around 400 poker machine venues with some 12,000 machines between them, including 150 poker machines in Tasmania.

In all these venues, there are some staff who record personal information about poker machine players, without their knowledge, and share it electronically with the other venues. This isn’t just basic information; we’re talking things like jobs, times people come in, favourite drinks, favourite football teams, whether they have a partner and what their preferred bet level is.

And all to one end, to help staff better bond with patrons so as to keep people onsite and gambling longer.

We just need to listen to one of the whistle-blowers to get the gist when he refers to “predatory tactics”, “unethical” and wanting people to “keep gambling for as long as possible”.

Deputy Speaker, we shouldn’t blame the staff at these venues because I’m told they well understand that the practice is deeply unethical. Indeed the staff hate that they’re being forced by Woolworths to spy on people and to use the personal information to increase gambling, even though this is creating new pokies addicts.

Deputy Speaker in Tasmania Woolworths own five poker machine venues at which Tasmanians lose $10m every year, including $4m in Glenorchy in my electorate. And all of these Tasmanians could have their information shared with every other Woolworths venue in the country.

Deputy Speaker this makes a complete and utter mockery of the ridiculous claims being made by the poker machine industry in Tasmania as part of the “Love Your Local” campaign, because these revelations show that these aren’t lovable local pubs but rather very big business that shares its customers’ most private details.

And not only are they big business, they’re also a part of a coordinated campaign to spy on unknowing patrons so they can fleece even more money out of their pockets, including the gambling addicts who make up 15 per cent of people who play weekly.

Deputy Speaker, today’s revelations demonstrate just how low the poker machine industry stoops to create addicts. We already know this is an industry that is prepared to lie to the community, whether it’s about jobs or the rates of gambling addiction. And now we know the industry is prepared to abuse the trust of their customers to make money.

This is disgraceful behaviour and they should be called out.

ABC: Tasmania’s integrity watchdog sending complaints to departments for in-house probes

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ABC: Tasmania’s integrity watchdog sending complaints to departments for in-house probes

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17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. Robin Charles Halton

    March 3, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    #15 Teddy boy your poor perspective of Tasmanian politics is appalling and misleading.

    I have made the proud gesture to assist with the appointment of a new face for the Liberals in Denison.

    At least I have something positive and foward thinking to be proud for!

    As for you are stuck in a cocoon and with your attitude it is likely you will remain so.

  2. Ross

    March 1, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Greg Farrell … are your horses named Death, Famine, War, and Pestilence?

    Get out of Tasmania. You have taken enough.

  3. Ted Mead

    February 28, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    #12 … Yes, there is potential for change – and that, being much to contrary beliefs of many, that the Libs could descend to an even deeper low that would paint them as ideological fascists and tyrants towards any dissent whatsoever.

    But if you live in an insult cocoon as most Liberals, if not Tasmanians do, then there is probably not much cause for concern!

  4. mJF

    February 28, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    if the current government is going to be outed …??

    Must be a typo

  5. Wining Pom

    February 28, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    #12 … Your argument sounds a bit like the Creationist rhetoric. You believe it, but it could not be further from logic.

    The only thing this government has done is count the money created by Mona, the tourism boom largely brought on by the Chinese president’s visit organised by Labor, and the housing boom created by people realising Tasmania is a great place to live. And if we could stop the smoke in Autumn it would be even better.

  6. Robin Charles Halton

    February 28, 2018 at 9:18 am

    #10, careful who you vote for on Saturday, the consequences could be dire if the current government is outed.

    The Farrells family’s involvement is only a side show to distract the reality of living in Tasmania, the current government are quite capable of change.

  7. TGC

    February 28, 2018 at 2:04 am

    #6 … “I will never, ever enter a Woolworth’s store again.” Deloraine district residents, keep watch. Here’s a man of principle, perhaps?

  8. Wining Pom

    February 28, 2018 at 12:51 am

    #9 … ‘Human weakness is not my problem.’

    Reading that reminds me of the rest of the world.

    When we stumbled into Tassie we were gobsmacked at the society. People cared and helped each other. The peace and stunning natural beauty is what is promoted, but the people of Tasmania reflect that peace.

    If we are having a tough time, neighbours help. If neighbours are having a tough time, we help.

    Serious personal problems like gambling or drug addiction are generally out of neighbourly help and that is why we have a government to take care of the general public, to safeguard society. Your view degrades our society as does the obscene promotion of pokies.

  9. Robin Charles Halton

    February 27, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    #6, John I am not too sure about backing Wilkie again as a Fed Independent next year as his backing for State Labor in Tasmania over the pokies is not a good reason to give Labor the lift!

    Labor does not deserve government based on its interest in ridding pokies from pubs and clubs, sure there are issues but the more important issues are the economy, health, education and infrastructure and of cause promotion and support of tourism.

    Human weakness is not my problem unless it is a preexisting mental condition where I am sympathetic to those specific needs and care.
    If generally “sound minded” and capable beings want to gamble their lives away thats their problem, not ours!

    There are always faults, fantasy and facts with our politics, Saturday will be D day, I guess we all have a chance to express our views but I am not gambling on voting for Labor and their whinging Green mates.

    Make your votes count John, one for me (Liberal) or maybe for Jacqui if you like her style either or both being fine for the ongoing Tasmanian way of life!

  10. mike seabrook

    February 27, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    mr d obyrne was once a lab-greens minister for foxes and is now standing for election this saturday

  11. John Powell

    February 27, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Hey Greg, is this why Michael Best refused to debate on ABC Radio Breakfast this morning ???

  12. John hawkins

    February 27, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    We must back Tasmania’s only honourable federal member of parliament, Andrew Wilkie, who is strong enough to articulate the rip-offs inherent in the pokier machine debate..

    I will never, ever enter a Woolworth’s store again.

    Rebecca White has been brave, she deserves to be rewarded.

    The sea of blue, paid for by the gambling industry, should not be allowed to wash over her.

    Come on Tasmania, think and then vote on principle.

    It’s not really that hard.

  13. Wining Pom

    February 27, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    There’s been a lot of ticks of the clock since noon yesterday.

  14. Ted Mead

    February 27, 2018 at 11:49 am

    #1 … Yeh Greg, let’s see about that. Even the best of your shonky legal team won’t have much hope of litigation.

    Whilst most switched-on people get the message here, it would be classified as satire – and that’s fairly safe from persecution!

  15. spikey

    February 26, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    my broke n dead mates
    paid for your lawyers

    monopoly is not a game
    it’s a disorder

    thanks for showing the world
    how easily democracy has been bought

    and how little the owners
    care
    for the welfare
    of their investments

    my thoughts on corporate controlled governance
    are no secret

  16. Simon Warriner

    February 26, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    C’mon Greg, it is no more offensive than the liberal lies, sorry, advertising being shoved down our throats that you and your pokie pub pimps are paying for.

    I wouldn’t have bothered but for your comment, and I am glad I did. I had forgotten how funny a piss take can be.

  17. Greg Farrell

    February 26, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Lazlo Steigenberger, what a nut job.
    My lawyers will shut this down any tick of the clock.
    Greg Farrell

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