The Independent Member for Clark, Kristie Johnston, has called on the upper house member for Elwick, Josh Willie, to stand up for his constituents and vote in parliament to support effective harm minimisation measures for poker machines in Tasmania.
“This is ground zero,” Ms Johnston said.
“If Mr Willie votes with the Liberals to waive through this flawed legislation, that shows he doesn’t care about his community.
“He doesn’t care about broken families and shattered lives, or the health and community sector workers who have to pick up the pieces of poker machine addiction.
“This is not a drill. There will be no second chance for Labor in the Legislative Council. What Mr Willie and his Labor colleagues, Sarah Lovell, Bastian Seidel, Craig Farrell and Jo Siejka, do will define them for the rest of their time in parliament.
Ms Johnston said she visited the Elwick Hotel in Main Road Glenorchy at 2am this morning to see for herself who could possibly be playing the pokies at that hour on a Monday morning.
“There were six or so people transfixed by the machines. That’s not recreational playing. No one plays pokies at that hour of the morning unless they are addicted.
“These are real people, experiencing real harm. Labor MLCs must act now. They must stand up for their constituents and not the self-interests of the poker machine industry.