Aug 27, 2010

Wilkie to make Gillard empathise with her pokies-addicted constituents

While the position of the three country independents on the pokies is unclear, the Greens want tough action. Is Australia’s status as the most gambling-addicted nation on earth about to reach a tipping point?

Stephen Mayne — Journalist and Founder

Stephen Mayne

Journalist and Founder

Is Australia’s status as the most gambling-addicted nation on earth about to reach a tipping point?

Senator Nick Xenophon and Tasmanian independent Andrew Wilkie this afternoon are in Hobart together working through their tactics ahead of next week’s serious negotiations over the formation of a minority government.

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7 thoughts on “Wilkie to make Gillard empathise with her pokies-addicted constituents

  1. Kerry Lovering

    Stephen Mayne may have helped defeat Julian McGauran but his ticket put Steve Fielding ahead of the greens and the Libs and the ALP. He may well rue the day.

  2. Liz45

    But wasn’t Fielding defeated? Finishes on June 30 next year! Yipee!!

  3. klewso

    This “experiment” may well work – but if it “doesn’t” (keep an eye on the likes of “Limited News”, with their “penetration”, unless it hopefully turns flacid), there could well be a mass flocking, back, to the two parties.
    Til then, here’s hoping – at least the people will hold more sway in our governance, than “the parties” and their “sponsors”!


    Congratulations on ridding us of McGauran. We are better off without his ilk. I’m sure Fielding is gone as well. Pokies are a problem .The false hope that they give the poor is a major impediment to their regulation. The poor and desperate don’t understand how they are being duped and that their hope is based on lies.

  5. Liz45

    @UTS – Indeed! What positive element did McGauran ever put forward either inside or outside the parliament? Nothing! He had such a sour looking face, he’d curdle the milk in your coffee?

    The Labor govt in NSW gave the clubs, pubs a gift re the tax or lack of it on pokies. Disgraceful situation – they’re getting desperate for votes for next March? (They also gave $100 million to the racing industry, and $50 mill each to the AFL and NRL? Pretty disgusting! You can do a lot for kids with special needs for example, with $200 mill.?) Didn’t even ask us! Shocking!

  6. Angra

    Papua New Guinea had a major problem with pokies and some years ago they introduced a MINIMUM bet (rather than a maximum) of 50 Kina (around $20. The argument is that people cannot afford to bet at this level, so gambling losses are reduced. A maximum bet just means people take a bit longer to lose their money. But a minimum bet (of say $50 a play) means they can’t afford to gamble in the first place.

    What do other people think?

  7. freecountry

    ANGRA, It’s an interesting idea. But it’s also a sleight-of-hand way of prohibiting poor people from doing an activity while allowing richer people to do it. It’s not consistent with Australia’s foundation principle that the law should apply to everyone equally, within a jurisdiction. As such, it would set a very dangerous precedent.

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