World news – Workers and liberals need to get clean in supporting the casino tax rate


When we went to the last elections in 2018, the position of all three political parties was clear. The Liberals would make a special offer to the pokies industry through legislation to be presented to Parliament during this term. Labor announced to the Tasmanians that they would support the removal of poker machines from pubs and clubs. The position of the Greens against these machines has of course been oxygen-free for a very long time. We are now in a completely different position. With both Liberal and Labor parties now looking to support the expansion of pokies in pubs and clubs by 2043, more transparency from Peter Gutwein and Rebecca White is needed. We know from a reply the Prime Minister gave in Parliament last week that if he wins in the first half of this year, he will introduce amendments to the Gambling Control Act in Parliament. The Premier must tell Tasmanians what rate Federal Hotels will pay under the new laws on poker machines in their casinos. Despite repeated requests from anti-pokies advocates, this number was never disclosed and is a critical point in the negotiations between the Gutwein government and the federal group. Will the Farrells get special treatment again in the form of a subsidized tax rate? Another question that needs to be answered: what is Labor’s position? We urge both the Prime Minister and Rebecca White to be more transparent with the people of Tasmania about where they stand on this legislation.

You cannot get away with not telling the Tasmanians where you stand on this issue, Given the enormous social harm that legislation will inflict on our community over the next 25 years.

Following encouraging comments from Prime Minister Turnbull on investigating the « timely » disclosure of political donations, Prime Minister Hodgman should follow suit.
Andrea Dawkins | Press release | February 2, 2017

Yesterday the treasurer confirmed that the government is negotiating with the federal group about the applicable casino tax rates.
Cassy O’Connor MP | Parliamentary activity | November 24, 2020

There are social welfare advocates who have said that politics will do enormous social and economic damage.
Cassy O’Connor MP | Parliamentary activity | November 23, 2020

Minister Ferguson confirmed in Budget Estimates that the profound social damage caused by pokies will continue despite late legislation.
Cassy O’Connor MP | Press release | November 24, 2020

Tasmania’s pubs, clubs and casinos reopened their doors to customers, including long-suffering gambling addicts who had a three-month hiatus.
Cassy O’Connor MP | Press release | June 26, 2020

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