Crikey Clarifier

Dec 21, 2017

Why is Tasmanian Labor promising to ban all pokies that aren’t on a boat?

Tasmanian opposition leader Rebecca White has mapped how Labor plan to get rid of non-casino pokies by 2023. But there are gaps in the play that gambing groups are keen to point out.

Chris Woods — Freelance journalist

Chris Woods

Freelance journalist

Anti-gaming groups and politicians have unsurprisingly welcomed Tasmanian Labor’s announcement that, should they form government next year, the party would phase out all 2375 pokies in pubs and clubs over the next five year.

Ahead of the March 2018 state election, Labor opposition leader Rebecca White last week announced that she would not renew Federal Group’s historic deed to poker machines in Tasmanian venues in 2023 other than casinos.

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