The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, discussed his call for Tasmania Police to reopen a 1973 investigation to address unanswered questions about allegations of bribery and political corruption surrounding the fall of the Bethune Liberal Government and subsequent awarding of the monopoly casino licence to Federal Hotels.

Serious unanswered questions surrounding the police investigation into the matter have been raised in James Boyce’s new book Losing Streak: How Tasmania was gamed by the Gambling Industry.

Mr Wilkie has written to the Police Commissioner today urging him to reopen the 1973 investigation into allegations the Hon Kevin Lyons was bribed to bring about the fall of the Bethune Liberal Government.

“Allegations remain that Federal Group’s monopoly casino licence is a result of wrongdoing, and unless the investigation is reopened a stench will surround this whole affair,’’ Mr Wilkie said.

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