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The Suffering Continues with Annual Report Confirming $175M Pokies Loss  

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader


The human misery and poverty caused by poker machines in pubs and clubs shows no sign of abating.


The Liquor and Gaming Commission’s Annual Report confirms Tasmanians lost over $175M to poker machines in the last financial year.


While losses are down marginally on previous years, pokies are still leeching millions from Tasmania’s most disadvantaged communities – and it’s going straight into the pockets of the pokies barons.


The biggest corporate social predator on the scene, the Federal Group, announced recently a doubling of profits.  That’s money coming out of the frayed pockets of some of the most socio-economically disadvantaged Tasmanians.


The Liberals’ corrupted souls and addiction to gambling revenue were on full display at the State Election, when they took massive, undisclosed donations from gambling interests.


Tabled by the Treasurer, the Annual Report clearly shows why the pokies barons were willing to flood the Liberal HQ with their rivers of misery money. Their business model relies entirely on preying on disadvantaged Tasmanians.


The Hodgman Liberals obliged by entrenching that disadvantage through policy that would extend the social and economic suffering out to the year 2043.


Poker machine addiction causes deep social harm, with gambling addicts feeding machines before their families. Children suffer the most, going without as a result of these predatory machines in pubs and clubs across the State.


With the gambling monopoly Deed up for variation next year, we hope the Labor Party will stick to their election promise and, should they be given the opportunity, vote to remove poker machines from pubs and clubs.  This will save lives and livelihoods.


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  1. elk

    November 29, 2018 at 9:06 am

    The thing that really gets me is that around $120 million dollars per year lost on pokies comes from the addicted, and those at risk of becoming addicted. The Casino, pubs and clubs know this full well, and they exploit these people. Very few come forward to report it as through fear of shame and embarrassment.

    The ones who do report it do however, tell of disturbing trends .. such as pokie venues continuing to let addicts continue to lose money even though the addict has signed the self-exclusion option.

    The spin people in the pokie industry, and in the Liberal party, refuse to accept the finding of researchers who have proven that pokies can be as addictive as crack cocaine. They claim that playing pokies is entertainment, however when one gets addicted they blame the player for getting addicted.

    The real answer is to remove pokies from the clubs and pubs, and if they have to, restrict pokies to the 2 casinos. Implement security doors on any entrance of the casino pokie rooms to require each pokie player registering to play and obtain a swipe pass.

    Legislate heavy fines for the casinos if they breach harm minimisation laws, such as self exclusion. This could be scrutinised by a reliable organisation such as Anglicare, and paid from a harm minimisation facility which the casino should pay for.

  2. Chris

    November 29, 2018 at 6:51 am

    RH … anything would be better than the Babbling Brook, the Grinner Forester, The Wrinkling fees payer and the Munster for doin nuffin. We cannot call it healthy !

  3. Rob Halton

    November 28, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    Eventually we will have a chance that Hickey may have to deal with this matter otherwise it will eventually kill off the Liberal party by the end of its remaining 4 years term.

    By the way I voted for Hickey for Denison at the last State election and not for the Liberals as such!

    If there is no change to policy during this term for social change with Hodgman still as Premier, he will lose government leaving Hickey as the only Liberal worthy as Leader of the Opposition, Hodgman would have to face back bench shame.

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