The majority of the Tasmanian community wants pokies out of their local pubs and clubs. The election result has not changed this.
As we wait for the Hodgman Government to reveal the detail of how it will enact its election promise to cement pokies in Tasmanian communities until at least 2043, The Community Voice on Pokies Reform coalition will continue to be a strong and representative voice on this issue.
The principle of reducing the harm caused by pokies sits above politics and will continue to be raised as the process to renew or alter the current Deed proceeds.
The fact remains that Tasmanians were never asked if they wanted pokies to move into their neighbourhoods and the majority want them removed.
Tasmania’s house of review, the Legislative Council, remains largely independent and we have faith in its Members’ ability to look at this issue with the interests of Tasmanian communities at their core when the time comes to vote on the legislation.
The Community Voice on Pokies Reform coalition comprises 60 member organisations including local councils, not-for-profit service organisations, peak bodies, church-based groups and many others.
Kym Goodes, CEO, TasCOSS,
John Hooper, CEO, Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania.