Phasing Out Pokies from Tassie Pubs and Clubs


A Rebecca White Majority Labor Government will phase out all poker machines from Tasmanian suburbs and towns, over five years.


Phasing out poker machines is about the health of our community and the health of our economy. We will support workers and venues with this transition and by 2023 the only place people will be able to play poker machines will be in casinos.

Last year alone Tasmanians lost $110 million playing poker machines in pubs and clubs. Imagine if that money was spent in our local businesses supporting jobs. Gambling addiction is a health issue. The negative impacts on the community are well known and sadly too many Tasmanians are suffering.

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Why Tasmania Needs This


Health

Gambling addiction is a health issue.

The social costs of problem gambling is estimated to be a staggering $50 million to $144 million a year. This cost is shared by each and every Tasmanian, their families and their communities.

Problem gambling harms include suicide, depression, relationship breakdown, lowered work productivity, bankruptcy and crime.

It's time to do something about this. Phasing out poker machines from pubs and clubs is a public preventative health initiative.

Jobs

Jobs will not be lost under Labor’s Policy to phase out poker machines from pubs and clubs. In fact more jobs will be created.

Respected economist John Mangan has modelled that removing poker machines from pubs and clubs will create between 183 and 546 additional full time jobs across the economy.

Last year alone Tasmanians lost $110 million playing poker machines in pubs and clubs, this is money that should be spent in local shops, butchers and corner stores creating jobs and supporting the economy.

Labor understands the impact our policy will have and we are providing five years for these venues and their workers to transition to new business models.

Small Business

Last year alone Tasmanians lost $110 million on poker machines in pubs and clubs. Imagine if that money was spent in our local business.

Respected economist John Mangan has modelled what would happen if that money was spent in other parts of the economy. He conservatively estimated that even if only half that money was spent elsewhere in the economy it would create an additional 183 jobs, add $21 million to annual Gross State Product and $11 million in wages, profits and dividends.

Labor believes the evidence is clear and that money lost on poker machines in pubs and clubs. would be better spent supporting jobs and economic activity in the broader community.

Communities

Phasing out poker machines from pubs and clubs will have widespread benefits for the health of communities.

8000 Tasmanians are considered to be problem and moderate risk gamblers.

According to the Productivity Commission: “the harms from problem gambling include suicide, depression, relationship breakdown, lowered work productivity, job loss, bankruptcy and crime.”

Labor recognises the important role that hotels and clubs play in supporting sporting clubs and community organisations and that's why we will provide a transition fund to sporting clubs and organisations in affected communities and be administered by Sport and Recreation Tasmania.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to put people first.

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Only a Rebecca White Labor Government will phase out all gaming machines from Tasmanian suburbs and towns, over five years.

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