I couldn’t believe my ears this morning – on 666, Stanhope – I’ve never heard him so animated! – on the topic of pokies.
He committed to defending the clubs and their pokies to the hilt.
Now, I have an issue with the argument that “community groups and clubs will suffer if we regulate the pokies harder” – when said community groups are dispensed money at the expense of gamblers’ families.
Is there any question that pokie addicts are putting welfare and child support money into the one-armed bandits? I’ll bet that for every dollar dispensed to a sporting club by one of the union clubs, a few dollars cost accrues to the community at large on other fronts.
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Stanhope is of course well aware of community concern across Australia on this issue, and strong backing for Xenophon and the independents on this.
So Stanhope – ever keen to put forward the image of a socially responsible kinda guy – is seriously hoist on the petard of the unions.
Is anyone seriously calling him on this? Opposition? Helloooooooo?