Tas pokies laws a 'great missed chance'

Controversial poker machine reforms in Tasmania have become law but anti-gambling advocates say a once-in-a-generation opportunity to implement greater harm-reduction measures has been missed. Legislation passed through parliament on Thursday that ends a statewide 50-year monopoly held by Federal Group on the gaming machines. From mid-2023, venues will be allowed to own or https://bottleschoolproject.org/ lease their own poker machines. The Liberal government says the laws, which also include changes to the tax rate on Keno, will leave Federal Group – the owner of Tasmania’s two casinos, plus 12 hotels – about $25 million worse off per year overall. However, critics have lashed the laws, which slash the tax rate paid… Read More

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