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CFMEU and Labor leads the pack at gouging with the one-armed bandits

By johnboy - 4 September 2006 13

The Canberra Times reports that the CFMEU operated Dickson Tradies and the Belconnen Labor club lead the rest of the pack in swindling the most out of stupid people last year as Canberra’s poker machines raked in $191 million.

The CT notes that the Liberals are just as in love with the gaming palaces pretending to be “community clubs”. And why not as it keeps mates and comrades from both sides in easy money?

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13 Responses to
CFMEU and Labor leads the pack at gouging with the one-armed bandits
Mr Evil 10:32 am 06 Sep 06

“We assuming that those who regularly dump their dough in CAN actually do maths and know what 87% actually means….”

87% of all money going into a poker machine goes to propping up fat, useless lumps in the Labor Party?

VYBerlinaV8 10:46 am 05 Sep 06

They’re just unlucky dammit! But don’t worry, it’ll be their turn next dole payment!

Like Snahon says, supply and demand…

snahon 9:49 am 05 Sep 06

We assuming that those who regularly dump their dough in CAN actually do maths and know what 87% actually means….

Growling Ferret 7:33 pm 04 Sep 06

Anyone dumb enough to do their dough in the slow learners centre (pokie lounge) doesn’t deserve a great deal of sympathy. It says on the machine that there is a 87% return – do the maths…

snahon 12:17 pm 04 Sep 06

It may becoming a larger social issue but as you rightly point out Thumper – Personal Rsponsibily folks.

It all goes back to supply and demand (and stupidity of people).

Thumper 11:43 am 04 Sep 06

Cutting the machine numbers in half would be a start, if nothing else.

Charny Labor Club are rennovating and as far as I can see the only reason for the renos are so that they can fit more pokies in.

There’s bugger all seating in there now although I will admit they now have a quite nice, well designed outside smoking area, complete with TVs, heaters, tables, etc.

VYBerlinaV8 11:36 am 04 Sep 06

I sometimes wonder if gambling is a bit like drugs. We make it illegal because we see the damage it causes, but then everyone shouts to make it legal because it still exists but now we can’t regulate or tax it.

It’s a huge social problem, with no easy solution. Education would go some way towards solving the problem, I think. Educating people to take responsibility for themselves included.

bonfire 11:34 am 04 Sep 06

id shut them down tomorrow.

maybe i should run for the next assembly elections.

Thumper 11:23 am 04 Sep 06

Sadly, yes.

You are correct. There is absolutely no will on either side of politics to address what is becoming a larger and larger social problem.

johnboy 11:21 am 04 Sep 06

It’s not going to happen

The Tradies is proof that you need at least five machines per gambler to really soak them for every cent they’ve got.

Thumper 11:16 am 04 Sep 06

“Oh no question, the whole community (myself included) floats on the backs of the morons who can’t do basic maths and put their money in the machines”

And then who are we to protect these people from their own stupidity?

Personal responsibility folks. No-one forces you to gamble on the pokies.

Frankly it wouldn’t worry me if they cut the numbers back by a half.

A poker machine cull if you like….

johnboy 11:01 am 04 Sep 06

Oh no question, the whole community (myself included) floats on the backs of the morons who can’t do basic maths and put their money in the machines.

But you do have to ask if they’re the most equitable part of the community to be extracting this cash from.

seepi 10:55 am 04 Sep 06

On the upside if you go there and don’t gamble, the meals and drinks are very cheap.

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