Awesome work in exposing Government corruption and the stories of Pokies addicts. One Last Spin by Drew Rooke. Dear Members, The election in Tasmania is starting to warm up and all the parties appear to have selected their candidates. Pat Caplice from Rein in the Pokies has started an advertising campaign that will be featured in The Mercury today on page 12 and starts tonight on TV. There will be further campaigns launched before the election that will personalize the candidates and their positions towards Poker Machines. The shadow of Paul Lennon There is nothing like a politician whose only vision is their careers. If any of you have social media skills, advertising, pin-pointing post codes and time.
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Pokies, politics and the need for principled public leadership
Optional email code. Pokies, politics and the need for principled public leadership. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter. The politics of poker machine reform have been playing out in the last two weeks of Parliament before it rises tonight for the Christmas break. Social carnage accompanies this. There was a whiff of opportunity in the last Parliament when Tasmanian Independent Andrew Wilke secured an agreement with Julia Gillard to install systems in poker machines which would limit losses.
Whenever Australians learn of a mass shooting in the US, we tend to feel relieved — and maybe a little smug — that our political leaders were sensible enough to restrict gun ownership after the Port Arthur massacre. We might even congratulate ourselves that the National Rifle Association, which fiercely opposes gun reform in the US, has no equivalent in this country. But Australians have their own weaknesses, and one is gambling. Australia has more poker machines per person than any other country in the world if you exclude the small, casino-dominated states of Macau and Monaco. Meanwhile, our gaming machine lobby, like the NRA, successfully blocks any attempt to wind back poker machines and the damage they inflict. The rhetoric is important. He also points out that its five million members represent only 1. ClubsNSW, which represents suburban leagues clubs, also claims to speak for the community generally — but Dr Livingstone says that over the course of a year, only about a quarter of the NSW population will use a gaming machine. In other words, three-quarters of people in NSW choose not to use them.