The Reverend Tim Costello, spokesperson for the Alliance for Gambling Reform,talks with Dave about the launch of ‘Losing Streak’, an explosive new book from James Boyce on the political history of poker machines in this state.
Rev Costello explains Tasmania is in an excellent position to lead the nation with the state able to make a change in the best interests of communities and see poker machines removed from pubs and clubs by 2023.
Revd Costello says that the facts are in when it comes to the addictive nature of poker machines and the misery they cause in the lives of too many people.
He added by removing poker machines from community venues, this State Government can increase the health and wellbeing of Tasmanians, contribute to more thriving communities and boost the economy.
Not only that, it can do so with confidence that over eighty per cent of Tasmanians will support the change. Revd Costello also notes that unlike other states, tax revenue from poker machines makes up a very small proportion of the Tasmanian State Budget.
Revd Costello says Historically, State Governments have been held hostage to the political and financial power of the gambling industry,however Tasmania is very well-placed to break free of that history.
Community Voice on Pokies Reform, a growing coalition of community groups, local governments, unions, professional associations and social services, welcomed Revd Costello’s visit at this pivotal moment for poker machine policy in Tasmania.