Tasmanian Times

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


Removing Tasmania’s pokies would help gamblers without hurting the economy

Debate over poker machines is at the centre of the lead-up to this year’s Tasmanian state election. Labor’s promise to remove pokies from Tasmania’s pubs and clubs by 2023 if it wins government has been met with both praise and fierce criticism from lobby groups.

Announcing the Liberals’ gaming policy recently, Premier Will Hodgman said: “Unlike Labor, we believe that Tasmanians should be able to choose how to spend their money, not be dictated to by the government.

Amid claim and counter-claim, what are the facts on pokies in Tasmania? And what do we know about the impact of Labor’s policy of removing the machines from pubs and clubs?

Tasmanian pubs and clubs house 2365 pokies. In 2016-17, those who used them lost A$110 million.

Like most jurisdictions that have pokies in clubs and pubs, Tasmania’s are concentrated in areas of social stress. In fact, disadvantage predicts the extent of pokie losses far more in Tasmania than in other Australian states and territories …

Read more here

*Charles Livingstone is one of Australia’s foremost gambling researchers. He studies the relationship between gambling problems and physical health status and outcomes, the structural characteristics of electronic gambling machines (EGMs) and the politics and regulation of EGM gambling. He is a regular and outspoken contributor to the public debate on gambling, particularly with respect to the social impact of electronic gambling machines, and has undertaken numerous consultancies for state and federal departments. He lectures at Monash University.

The Conversation: Tasmania’s pokie problem: stress and disadvantage exploited more than anywhere else in Australia

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  1. Philip Lowe

    February 19, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Here in the UK bookmakers William Hill have been fined
    £6.5 for money laundering within the the criminal fraternity.

  2. TGC

    February 19, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    Is #3 intending to be a Political candidate standing as the one ‘incorruptible’ within a totally corrupted system – or is he just miffed over something?
    #4 is always unhappy!

  3. Simon Warriner

    February 19, 2018 at 6:44 am

    Emmanuel, I like the analogy. The disease is now implementing strategies to further embed its presence, see here:


    Our only hope of avoiding a dangerous and unhappy revolt is to start electing non-party actors, and to deny the parties the means to implement this self serving abortion of democracy.

    Two wolves and a lamb voting for how to decide what to have for dinner is not democracy, especially when the lamb is denied the right to the support of its fellow sheep. This is what our federal government is proposing.

  4. Emmanuel Goldstein

    February 19, 2018 at 3:10 am

    “When people/corporations can get away with crimes just because they are wealthy or have the right connections, the scales are tipped against fairness and equality. The weight of corruption then becomes so heavy that it creates a dent that forces the world to become slanted, so much so – that justice just slips off.” (Susan Kassem)

    And so we come to the corrupt state of Tasmania 2018. The result of years and years of ongoing state-endorsed corruption. There is no remedy, there is no recourse. Our Commission for Corruption is an emasculated eunuch incapable of prosecuting one case. Our politicians and police are in on it, profiting handsomely. We are a doomed island sold out for a handfull of magic beans by generations of elected or corruptly appointed dim-wits and greed-heads. Like congenital syphilis they infect their own, poison the body and seem impossible to eradicate.

  5. Carol Rea

    February 18, 2018 at 2:02 am

    We won’t know until way after the election, and then only if a ‘donation’ exceeds $13,500 . Dodgy? Yep!

  6. Wining Pom

    February 17, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    I look at the pokie argument in Tasmania as I look at the gun laws in the US. You have to be a complete idiot, or making a pile of money, to say that pokies are just fine,and and that people have choices and pokies do not take money, and that people choose to have fun and we shouldn’t dictate what they can do.

    So let’s all be honest. How much have Federal Hotels given the Liberal party?

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