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Pokie tax scaremongering.

By S4anta - 14 September 2005 23

ABC on-line is reporting that the sky is falling, according to those who run the Dickson Tradies, due to the proposed increase in tax on pokies. The union boys who run the gravy train that is the tradies have been quoted as saying that:

the increase in taxes from 2007, on top of the ACT Government’s smoking ban, could see up to one club go bankrupt every fortnight.

They also state that they had considered sponsoring the Raiders, but had to reconsider because of the tax and that would have eroded their profit margins too much. Tough luck boys, get over it.

My heart bleeds. After screwing a large part of the chronically poor, addicted and generally stupid I think it is about time those who control pokies take it up the ar*e for a change. Not only have you had more than enough time to prepare your pork barrelling antics for this tax rise that has been on the horizon for sometime, you also have around 75% of the baby bonuses that were handed out in Canberra recently.

Usually I am very sympathetic to my unionised brethren, but this time you can jam that up your arse gentlemen. Pokies are a waste of money, time and resources, and far too long it has been people like yourselves, who support and speak for these clubs (I hope you’re listening Mr Stefaniak) that are actually causing the communities who you so benevolently sponsor and support through these incipid machines.

By the way, when the pokies have gone bring live music you dull witted egg white fluffing wankers.

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23 Responses to
Pokie tax scaremongering.
Mossey 5:06 pm 14 Sep 05

Yea I agree that people should take responsibility for their own lives but the pokie manufacturers and clubs have the feeding of an addiction down to a fine art. While the addiction shows personal weakness, users are victims also.

Imagine what could be achieved with all of those wasted man-hours and I’m sure a small fraction of the fortune pumped into pokies could fuel all of the sports clubs and charities that you like while allowing people to pay the rent and buy food.
*rant* *rant*

bonfire 4:49 pm 14 Sep 05

if pokies were banned tomorrow the community would rejoice.

elect king bonfire and watch it happen as edict 1.

Mr Evil 4:41 pm 14 Sep 05

Maybe the clubs should introduce strippers: male and female, to be fair!

Thumper 4:24 pm 14 Sep 05

True Mossey,

however, when are these people going to take some responsibility in their lives instead of saying, ‘its not my fault’.

Surely there must come a time when this happens?

having said that I totally agree that pokies are terrible. Just need to wander down to my local club to see that, people sitting there for hours drinking coffee and simply tuned out from the world.

maybe more education, more help groups, etc?

Mossey 4:13 pm 14 Sep 05

Actually Mr Evil, it has been found in virtually all cases that if you remove the pokies most of the addicts stop gambling completely. The addiction seems to be for the pokies specifically not gambling.

I reckon support for sports clubs is a poor excuse for the damage that pokies do the community (social and economical). The kids sports clubs will always find funds in sports mad aus.

Thumper 3:54 pm 14 Sep 05

yeah, I reckon you’re right on that score. Personally I hate the things, they take up heaps of room, are noisy, and have probably led to the death of the live music scene in clubs, something which was quite vibrant and alive in the 80s and early 90s.

Childers Street labor club used to be one of the places to go in the mid 80s because of the bands they used to have upstairs.

Now its just a run down dilapidated dump that really should be bulldozed.

Mr Evil 3:50 pm 14 Sep 05

The Labor Club on Childers St is going to be bulldozed down one day to make way for a retail/gallery/apartment block. It went belly-up because although ANU students can consume a shitload of piss and eat a crapload of steak, they don’t play the pokies (which is how most clubs make all their money), so that’s apparently why it closed. I personally don’t care much for pokies, and even if all the poker machines in Canberra disappeared overnight, the newts who are into pokies will always find another form of gambling to waste their money on anyway.

Samuel Gordon-Stewar 3:36 pm 14 Sep 05

Would Ted Quinlan not like to be paid knowing that his pay is coming from the “misery of gamblers”?

Thumper 3:33 pm 14 Sep 05

I did have to laugh at ted Quinlan’s justification.

He said words to the effect that,’The raiders would not want to be playing knowing that they are being sponsored by the poker machine revenue obtained from the misery of gamblers.’

I would suggest personal responsibility comes into the argument at a certain stage. But than again, I don’t gamble.

che 3:04 pm 14 Sep 05

I’m told the University Bar/Club will be opening up on University Ave between the ANU and Civic sometime in the (near) future

Samuel Gordon-Stewar 2:29 pm 14 Sep 05

Strange, I would have thought the ANU was a perfect place for the Labor club…

colsim 2:26 pm 14 Sep 05

Does anyone know what’s happening with the Labor club at ANU? That place has been shut for what seems like years now.

Samuel Gordon-Stewar 2:26 pm 14 Sep 05

I suppose logically I should give the tradies club the name of Henny-Penny for those comments, and ABC Online can be Turkey-Lurkey for falling for that gibberish.

Maelinar 2:25 pm 14 Sep 05

Just remember it’s their pokies that are funding your local sports teams since the local government have absolved themselves of that responsibility

Samuel Gordon-Stewar 2:12 pm 14 Sep 05

“the sky’s a-going to fall; I must go and tell the king.”
Why couldn’t they just tell King Stanhope and leave us alone…a club going broke every two weeks? Yeah right, I’ll be hit by falling sky and moon cheese long before that.

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