Federal

May 22, 2012

With Thomson teetering, Gillard’s $1 pokies option remains live

Breaking the pokies promise reinforced the PM’s untrustworthiness and Wilkie went on to vote with the opposition on the question of suspending Thomson from Parliament.

Stephen Mayne — Journalist and Founder

Stephen Mayne

Journalist and Founder

When Julia Gillard ditched Andrew Wilkie for Peter Slipper in order to abandon serious poker machine reform, it was Craig Thomson who came out with this opinion piece in The Daily Telegraph celebrating a victory for the pubs and clubs.

Fast forward four months and Gillard’s stocks have plunged from bad to worse. Breaking the pokies promise reinforced the PM’s untrustworthiness and Wilkie went on to vote with the opposition on the question of suspending Thomson from parliament.

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3 thoughts on “With Thomson teetering, Gillard’s $1 pokies option remains live

  1. DF

    Frydenberg might have some interesting form when it comes to policy matters and Andrew Wilkie, according to Senator Faulkner:

    See: http://www.smh.com.au/news/opinion/bolt-from-blue-sets-tongues-wagging/2006/03/24/1143083983213.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap2

  2. AR

    And, in late news, the government will finally legislate for $1 maximum bets, which was WIlkie’s original proposal, supported by Xenophon and the Greens.
    Now if the current pusillanimous lot in office had just done the right thing in the first place, how much misery would they have been responsible for ending in the community.
    Not to mention opprobrium on their own empty heads.

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