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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

Economy

Fact check: Will removing poker machines from Tasmanian pubs and clubs cost thousands of jobs?

*Pic: of Peter Gutwein from his website. Watch a video of Peter Gutwein’s claim HERE

The claim

A war of words has broken out in Tasmania over how many jobs would be lost if poker machines are stripped from pubs and clubs — a promise made by Labor ahead of the state election on March 3 …

Labor wants to remove “2,375 poker machines from 97 Tasmanian pubs and clubs” within the next five years, in light of what it says is the widespread harm that pokies are inflicting on the local community.

As a consequence, anyone wanting to play the pokies would have to visit Tasmania’s two casinos, which operate 1,185 machines — or hop aboard the Spirit of Tasmania, which operates 36 machines on its ferries.

The policy has infuriated the gaming industry, which warns job losses would seriously damage the state’s gaming operations.

Liberal Treasurer Peter Gutwein last month endorsed the industry’s position, saying it was well placed to make such predictions; after all, it was at the coalface, investing and paying wages. Once the jobs were gone, he said, it would feel the pain.

“The impact of taking poker machines out of pubs and clubs would cost thousands of jobs, and the industry, as you know, have said that they [sic] estimate that around 5,000 jobs would be affected,” he told reporters on January 29.

Was Mr Gutwein correct in claiming that Labor’s policy would cost thousands of jobs? RMIT ABC Fact Check investigates.

The verdict

Mr Gutwein is wrong.

Tasmania’s gaming industry did not say thousands of jobs would be lost …

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2 Comments

  1. elk

    July 10, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    The lying Liberals know from the following exerpts from the productivity report figures that without the following groups pokies would not exist in a pub or club:

    2,400 at risk of becoming addicted Tasmanians give $40 million, an average of $16,600 a year or $320 a week .. more than twice the loss rate of recreational players.

    2,400 addicted Tasmanians give $80 million, an average of $33,300 a year .. or $640 each week.

    This is why there is no willingness by pokies venues to convert to meal, and other entertainment venues, even though the loss of 2 or 3 pokies jobs would result in about 10 more jobs to prepare and serve meals.

    As a reformed pokies addict I witnessed only one or two staff (who also attended the main bar patrons) at pokie venues at any given time.

    I have on numerous times attempted to talk to Liberal people about my experiences, however they and their so called expert advisers are too aligned to the lying Federal Group, and they ignore me.

  2. John Hawkins

    July 8, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    Gutwein was wrong, but the Liberals needed the pokie owners’ money to buy the election to retain power.

    It was a deliberate lie.

    Gutwein knows it, we all know it, yet this type of dishonest and dishonourable behaviour is par for the course in this, your corrupt Tasmania.

    In the corporate world you would face instant dismissal and prosecution.

    In the political world that is Tasmania, people merely shrug their shoulders and walk away.

    Gutwein is pathetic – a small man in big boots.

    Boots that are used to kick those who most need his help.

    How do these people actually sleep at night?

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