The Tasmanian Liberal Party should be ashamed of itself for the so-called poker machine policy it announced today. Their decision to leave poker machines in pubs and clubs, and to not implement any effective harm minimisation measures, is a deep betrayal of the community.

It’s a fact that poker machines increase crime, domestic violence, suicide and childhood poverty. It’s a fact that the introduction of poker machines cost the hospitality industry many jobs. It’s a fact that poker machine gambling addicts are a unique demographic mostly unlikely to absorb themselves in other forms of gambling. And it’s clearly also a fact that the Tasmanian Liberal Party is completely and utterly beholden to the vultures in the poker machine industry.

It’s way beyond time that the Liberal Party stopped kowtowing to big business and started helping the community that they’re supposed to represent.

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