Victoria

Dec 1, 2017

Mayne: major parties ram through another $70 billion in pokies losses

Extraordinary scene in Victorian Parliament as the pokies lobby had another win.

Stephen Mayne — Journalist and Founder

Stephen Mayne

Journalist and Founder

After a four-hour debate in the Victorian upper house yesterday, the two major parties united shortly after 6pm to push through legislation that will lock in $70 billion in poker machine losses through until 2042.

Back in Melbourne, after a flying visit to Manus Island, Tim Costello, Australia’s longest-serving campaigner for gambling reform, sat in the public gallery steaming, along side Anna Bardsley and Carmel Harty, two women with a lived experience of poker machine harm.

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