urban creature: Kennett, Kirner wrong on pokies

Sunday, September 12, 2004
Kennett, Kirner wrong on pokies
Two Victorian premiers responsible for the widescale introduction of poker machines have finally admitted their decision was wrong and should have limited the machines to the Crown Casino.

Read more here.

The journalist rightly points out that WA has the lowest rate of gambling addiction in the country because they have restricted poker machines to Burswood Casino. State governments (both Liberal and Labor) in the land of the sandgropers have endured a raft of campaigns to end this restriction and should be congratulated for sticking with their guns on this issue.

Hopefully with this announcement by Kennett and Kirner, the pressure on the WA state government might ease, and all states in Australia with huge gambling problems (like Victoria) might do the sensible thing and place similar restrictions on their poker machines.

Personally, I'd like to go around with a baseball bat, listening to The Whitlam's "Blow up the pokies" song and smash the machines into little, itty-bitty pieces. A boy can dream can't he?

  Scribbled by urban creature @ 4:58 pm - [Permanent Link]


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