In a move that may surpise you all, ABC on-line is reporting here that the Gubbmint is keeping an ‘open mind’ about an appeal from the licensed clubs in our region to over turn a ruling that saw notes above $20 AUD not accpeted by the beloved pokie. Apparently, their takings are down, and they fear that the smoking ban will harm them even further, plus a higher tax rate being applied to these places.
Poor little diddys.
Our beloved treasurer has come up with this bueaty;
“It’s one thing for the Government to interpose itself and address problems of gambling and it’s another thing to start trying, you know, the nanny state control of people’s gambling habits.”
Well, as a government you seem hell bent on curbing the habits of smokers, whats the difference between a 120kg+ bastard with a pack a day fag habit, as compared to the bloke who pishes his last away in a miserable licensed club, rather than interacting with his family?
Personally, I like these new changes, my chances of winning meat trays have risen slightly. As for the good old herring of ‘the community will be harmed as clubs won’t be able to support local groups etc’, perhaps a good old fund raiser where the licensed clubs might have to use grey matter and innovative nouse, rather than wait for people to sit at a machine to earn their cash… Under the new serfdom choices they are going to have to something, mind you i await with glee the day when clubs workers flog pokie patrons with a cat o nine tails, for not putting enough money in pokie. That would be kind of cool.