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Rebecca White’s humiliating pokies backflip

Peter Gutwein, Treasurer

Rebecca White’s humiliating backflip on gaming machines today is a clear admission that she was wrong, that her policy would have destroyed jobs, and that the Liberal Government’s policy is the right one.

Up until today, Ms White had insisted that the pokies policy would remain. In one sudden embarrassing back down, the policy is gone, the website is gone*, and Ms White’s credibility is gone with it.

The stunning about-face today shows Rebecca White’s leadership is on the edge. It shows that for Ms White this was all about politics. She thought it would win her the election, it didn’t, and now she’s tossed it aside to try and hold on to her leadership.

Now Ms White has accepted the mandate we received at the election for our sensible position on gaming, she should do the same on other key policies such as mandatory minimum sentences for serious child sex offenders.

* www.pokieshurtpeople.com

Rebecca White on pokies

4 March 2018 – “I know that the Labor party’s position is not going to change on this, we remain firm on our view that poker machines should be restricted to casinos.”

20 June 2018 – “The Tasmanian Labor Party remains firmly committed to the policy position we took to the last election.”

September 8 2018 “Labor recognises that poker machines are the source of so much pain and poverty in the community. Quite simply it was, and still is, the right thing to do”

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  1. Simon Warriner

    February 9, 2019 at 11:47 am

    This is what party politics delivers.

    Vote independent, and spread the word.

  2. Kate

    February 9, 2019 at 6:20 am

    Hang on Mr Gutwein. I can correct you on one point, if I may.

    There is a difference between credibility and popularity. Her low credibility score has never altered!

  3. John Hawkins

    February 8, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Is it just possible that her party, like yours Hodgman, has finally been bought by the gambling industry?

    • Ted Mead

      February 8, 2019 at 10:24 pm

      John … The pressure for her to backflip has been coming from Shorten. Labor is in fear that the pokie lobby will invest heaps in the senate campaign to limit them to one Tasmanian seat.

      It’s a strategic withdrawal, and typical of how politics operates. Seats are far important than policy in this modern era.

      • Kate

        February 9, 2019 at 7:20 am

        Wow, you have quite an imagination, Ted!

        If you called Bill Shorten a ”Jelly puppet” he would think you were paying him a compliment.

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