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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


‘Wilkie takes on poker machine lies in Parliament’


First published Feb 7

The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, above, gave the following speech in the Parliament today …

Deputy Speaker, as Tasmania prepares to vote to remove poker machines from hotels and clubs, it’s disgusting to see the blatant lies the poker machine industry’s peddling.

For instance the lie jobs will be lost.

The lie these are lovable little businesses.

The lie people will switch to online gambling.

The lie the State relies on the tax revenue from poker machines.

And the lie that gambling addiction isn’t a problem.

“The fact is, Deputy Speaker, $1m on gambling creates about three jobs, but on drinks and food up to 20.

The fact is poker machines are big business raking in millions of dollars a year, like at the Elwick Hotel in my electorate where each machine harvests nearly $150,000 annually.

The fact is experience elsewhere proves that poker machine addicts don’t switch to online gambling when access to the machines is restricted.

The fact is gambling addiction costs Tasmania about three times the poker machine tax collected.

And the fact is gambling addiction in the State is going up, not down.

Deputy Speaker this is an industry that preys on vulnerable people and is built on lies.

It’s all bad and the worst offenders are the big poker machine barons like Federal Group and Woolworths.

They should be ashamed of themselves and this election is a chance for Tasmania to put them in their place.

*Andrew Wilkie is the Independent Member for Denison in the House of Representatives

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Nick O’Malley, SMH: Sydney family takes 54 times more revenue than Tasmanian clubs from their pokies With the Tasmanian election becoming a battle over pokie machines, new research shows Tasmanian clubs keep just 0.9 per cent of their pokie revenue, while the Sydney-based family that owns a monopoly license over the machines in the state, keeps 49 per cent …

READ for yourself …

The Australia Institute: Tasmanian club and pub pokies revenue: 0.9% to clubs, 48% to Farrell Group A report released today by The Australia Institute Tasmania written by Dr Charles Livingstone from Monash University has found that The Farrell Group’s share of EGM revenue (47.8%) far exceeds that of the clubs that house many of the poker machines, with the Farrell family reaping fifty-four times more than that derived by clubs which took just 0.9%. “The big winners from pokies in Tasmania are the Farrells, taking nearly half the net revenue,” Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University, Dr Charles Livingstone said. “Clubs end up with less than 1% of the money that goes into the pokies. The Farrells take nearly half,” Livingstone said. Leanne Minshull, the Director of The Australia Institute Tasmania commented on the report: “The clubs and hotels are not getting much, and neither is the taxpayer. The Farrells a reaping $19.4 million more than the Tasmanian government … ”

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  1. spikey

    February 9, 2018 at 12:58 am


    i don’t care how far fascist apples fall
    the party brands them

  2. Philip Lowe

    February 8, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    John Biggs No 8. Agreed old mate. But do Scott’s feet fit his mother’s shoes?

  3. John Biggs

    February 8, 2018 at 11:35 am

    #2. Fortunately Jim Bacon and Scott Bacon have very different views about poker machines. I know it’s an old Tasmanian tradition to have family dynasties in politics — 4 generations of political Hodgmans of which the last is a great example of the statistical phenomenon of regression towards the mean — but hanging the son for his father’s sins is not acceptable. Scott is young and is finding his political feet and they don’t fit his father’s shoes.

  4. Wining Pom

    February 8, 2018 at 1:22 am

    ‘The Federal Group did not respond to multiple specific questions about how much money the company, its affiliates or its owners the Farrell family had donated to the Tasmanian Liberal Party.’

    I wonder why?

  5. William Boeder

    February 8, 2018 at 1:21 am

    #5. Another fine example of your pen Mr spikey, then yes I read your link attachment in your #5.
    Only persons interested in the truth of Tasmania’s non-to pleasing recent 18 years or thereabouts history should open and read this referenced article.

  6. spikey

    February 7, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    ah the apple isle
    edenic endemic nepotistic corruption
    grace falls further than apples
    newton spoke not
    of the gravity of the current situation


  7. John Wade

    February 7, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Hello, someone has it in for Scott Bacon.

    I would like to know how the rest of the current crop, on both sides, are any different and whether there is a good and honourable candidate to replace them all in the coming election.

  8. Philip Lowe

    February 7, 2018 at 8:38 am

    Come on Tassie,you’re better than a bunch of scared suckers for a mucky industry.THIS is a chance to get clean.Please.
    ceasing any addiction isn’t easy.

  9. Emmanuel Goldstein

    February 7, 2018 at 7:37 am

    “People do not expect to find chastity in a whorehouse. Why then do they expect to find honesty and humanity in government, a congeries of institutions whose modus operandi consists of lying, cheating, stealing, and if need be, murdering those who resist?” (H.L. Mencken 1880 – 1956)

    Scott Bacon would have us believe he is outraged at the audacity of the current government accepting cash from Tassie gambling rackets. Mr Bacon goes on “The Premier has confirmed he’s been bought and corrupted by the poker machine industry,”. Premier Jim Bacon, Scott Bacon’s father in cahoots with Paul Lennon was responsible for drawing up and implementing the current swindle that are poker machines in Tasmania.

    Scott Bacon goes on to say “There’s never been a clearer example of political donations buying a policy outcome.”. Many would disagree. Surely the Gunns ltd/Pulp Mill swindle and theft of public property is a clearer example? Conceived of and facilitated by Paul Lennon, Jim Bacon’s chief thug and current lobbyist for Tassie gambling rackets.

    Scott Bacon enthusiastically headed down to DPAC to “get a job” as instructed by Paul Lennon back in the good old days when an otherwise unemployable dupe like Scott Bacon could simply front up and demand a paid public service position simply because his old man was once Premier. The same nepotism has seen the arse clown parachuted into ALP/PLP office in Denison. The empty suit is about as useful as tits on a bull. We hear nothing at all from him for four years and all of sudden he’s outraged the current Premier asks valid questions of elected representatives just like Scott Bacon.

    Scott Bacon was approached for assistance regarding allegations of nepotism, theft, corruption, threats and worse within the public service. Specifically the National Parks and Wildlife Service under Kim Evan’s and Peter Mooney. Peter Mooney has since been implicated in allegedly corrupting multi-million dollar government tender process, just for starters… Scott Bacon could have acted and done the job he’s paid to do. He chose to do nothing like the time wasting, overpaid coward that he is. Nothing is just what we can expect from him for the next four years.

  10. mike seabrook

    February 6, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    and the tassie treasury collecting is it 30% of the loot (pokies taxes) with its clean hands.
    what does the under treasurer say.

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