The Government can get no joy from the fourth Social and Economic Impact Study of Gambling in Tasmania which was released today.
Alarmingly, the percentage of Tasmanians who are problem gamblers has increased since the last report as well as the percentage of problem gamblers who use poker machines. And while there has been some small improvements in some areas, there’s been no improvement in other areas such as the percentage of Tasmanians who use poker machines or the average spend per poker machine user.
What’s more, the report confirms yet again that problem gambling causes significant harm in the community including depression, relationship breakdown, job loss and even suicide.
The Government can spin this any way it wants but the reality is that there is an urgent need for gambling reform in Tasmania, and particularly the removal of poker machines from hotels and clubs.