The Chairman of the Love Your Local campaign, Michael Best, has called for Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten to come clean on whether he supports the workers in pubs and clubs or Tasmanian Labor and the Greens move to remove gaming machines from pubs and clubs.

“Bill Shorten says he supports the workers, so today is his chance to stand up for the thousands of employees who will be impacted by the decision by Labor and the Greens to remove gaming machines from pubs and clubs,” Mr Best said.

“Anthony Albanese says he doesn’t support Bec White’s move, so what about Bill Shorten?

Mr Best said some 5,100 jobs will be impacted by Labor’s decision through job losses, a loss in hours or a change in role, with at least 1,000 jobs to go.

“There are 5,100 people in Tasmania worried about their future – will they lose their job, will they have reduced hours or will they need to retrain for a new role,” Mr Best said.

“The people impacted by this decision have already been told they are parasites by the anti gaming lobby, so it is time for Mr Shorten to put people first by supporting the hard working men and women in our pubs and clubs.”

“Today, Mr Shorten has the chance to stand up for the people he claims to represent and protect their jobs by saying no to Bec White’s plan to remove gaming machines from pubs and clubs,” Mr Best said.
The Chairman of the Love Your Local campaign, Michael Best