Tasmanian Times

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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

Media Release

Dirty Money … the real story behind the Liberal State Election win

Independent MP Andrew Wilkie will be available to comment on today’s donation disclosures from the Australian Electoral Commission which paint a shocking picture of the power and influence of the poker machine industry in Tasmania. 

“Today’s returns show that the poker machine industry donated over $400,000 to the Liberal Party during the 2017-18 financial year,” Mr Wilkie said.

“This is a mind-blowing amount of money in itself. But it’s all the more alarming when you consider all of the spending that isn’t disclosed, such as the money the industry spent running ads in support of the Liberals’ poker machine policy.

“Accepting poker machine industry donations is all the more immoral when you consider that so much of this money is harvested from gambling addicts. Indeed the research shows that some 40% of poker machine revenue comes from gambling addicts and the Liberal Party is well aware of that. The effect of this addiction is horrendous.

“The returns also show both the Labor and Liberal parties on a national level raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars from the industry.

“No big political donor hands over money without expecting a return on that investment and the poker machine industry sure did hit paydirt at last year’s state election. The industry donations fuelled the Liberal Party to victory and with it four more years of fawning political patronage for the rotten poker machine industry.

 

Authorised by Andrew Wilkie MP 188 Collins St Hobart

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. Kate

    February 5, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Independent MP Andrew Wilkie will be available to comment on today’s donation disclosures from the Australian Electoral Commission which paint a shocking picture of the power and influence of the poker machine industry in Tasmania.

  2. Simon Warriner

    February 2, 2019 at 10:21 am

    With my tongue firmly lodged against my cheek, how about banning all political advertising altogether and instead requiring the candidates to present themselves at a series of formal public appearances where the electorate can question them about their positions on matters relevant to the audience? For even more humour, we could add in the requirement that voters must attend at least one appearance in order to qualify for the right to vote.

    That might sort the wheat from the chaff, and the sheep from everyone else.

    That should improve the quality of leadership by at least two orders of magnitude. It could even build quite the crowd for the Senate elections appearances as the Abetz fans(sarcasm, much) come out in force to qualify for their right to reward him for his contribution to public life and the greater good.

  3. Pete Godfrey

    February 2, 2019 at 9:57 am

    The most amazing thing is that our Premier, Mr Hodgman, actually admitted that political party donors have a right to expect the parties to work in their favour, thereby blowing away all the years of bull that donations did not sway government policy.

  4. Kate

    February 2, 2019 at 8:41 am

    The hypocrisy, Andrew! How many people had to seek refuge on the silent electoral role because you insist on “bombing” our letterboxes with your propaganda?

    Now we have Mr Palmer invading our privacy again. I suggest a broader review.

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