The Canberra Times reports that poker machine revenue is back up over the levels it was at when $50 and $100 notes were banned in Novenber 2004.
The Chief Minister is unperturbed, thinking that “natural growth” can account for the boom. But then he is firmly attached to the teats of the gaming industry, only alternating between the nipple of gambling taxation revenue, and the nipple of party funding from the Labor aligned clubs.
On the other hand note limiters aren’t going to do much, I can well remember the terrifying speed with which a hardened gambler could cram 20c pieces into a poker machine back in the early 90’s, let alone a $2 coin.
Calls for the machines to be limited in the amount of money they can take from the punter in each hour ($200 is suggested) could work though.
That seems unlikely given the ALP and Liberal (via Bill Stefaniak’s ties to the Southern Cross Club) closeness with the clubs which profit from the gambling addicts.