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Has Rockliff Buckled to the Pokies Lobby?

By March 7, 2024No Comments

There’s an election coming for sure. Pokies pubs all across Tasmania are being draped in Liberal election posters.

What price has been extracted from the Liberals for all this largess?

What deal has Mr Rockliff struck behind closed doors with the Tasmanian Hospitality Association (THA)?

I suspect Mr Rockliff has promised to quietly ditch the pokies reforms announced by his deputy, Michael Ferguson in September 2022.

Mr Ferguson’s ‘nation-leading’ and ‘gold standard’ reforms were influenced by recommendations of a Liquor and Gaming Commission’s report into harm minimisation and included a State-wide card with pre-set default limits and cashless gaming for all players.

Will Mr Rockliff deny a deal with the THA has been struck?

Will he commit to the Ferguson Scheme?

Or has he buckled to a cashed-up, greedy and immoral industry.

No wonder Mr Rockliff has stalled political donation reform.

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