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Liberals burden Tasmanian communities with poker machines until 2043

  • Liberals ignore the harm caused by poker machines by entrenching them in communities   
  • Towns and suburbs stuck with poker machines until 2043 under the Liberals  
  • Labor’s proud to put people first by tackling the harm caused by problem gambling

 Premeir Will Hodgman has failed a major test of leadership by entrenching poker machines in Tasmanian communities until at least 2043.

Labor Leader Rebecca White said the Liberals have rubber stamped a policy designed by the gaming industry.

“Will Hodgman has put vested interests ahead of families and communities,” Ms White said.

“Today’s announcement entrenches poker machines and the misery that comes with them in our towns and suburbs for another 25 years.

“By extending the licence by 20 years, the Liberals are cementing the harm caused by pokies for another generation.

“The Premier has sold out and rolled over to the gambling lobby.”

This is what Will Hodgman has previously said on poker machines.

“The State Government doesn’t have the courage or the conviction to tackle problem gambling in Tasmania.”

 “The government is paralysed by fear on the pokie machine issue.” (Will Hodgman, July 23, 2008)

Ms White said the Premier can’t be trusted.

“It’s clear Will Hodgman’s principles are for sale,” Ms White said.

“He’s gone from calling for action on problem gambling to entrenching it in communities.

“The policy announced by the Liberals today is the worst possible outcome for problem gamblers – it entrenches poker machines in communities until 2043. They’ve completely ignored the evidence relating to the harm caused by poker machines in communities.

“We have an obligation to make a change because pokies hurt people.

“No matter how the Liberals dress it up, this is a policy for vested interests at the expense of the community.

“It’s clear now that the only way to get rid of poker machines from Tasmanian communities is to get rid of Will Hodgman.”