Pokie Machines to be removed from Tasmania
Greens officials have announced that the pokie machines available in establishments in Tasmania are going to be removed over the next five years according to a new plan. Kim Booth, the Bass Greens MHA, announced this week that the pokie machines will be removed over the next few years, which will be more than 3,500 pokie machines removed from gaming.

The plan will begin in Launceston and will see pokie machines taken from casinos, clubs, hotels and TT-Line vessels. The machines have reportedly taken in over $1 billion from gamblers over the past five years and Booth feels as though the money could be spent elsewhere.

Booth believes that if the machines are removed, the money would then be spent on local businesses and help the current economy instead of going from gambling addicts to those who are already wealthy. The plan was put in place and will be able to move the pokie machines out over the next five years thanks to the taxes from the pokie machines. This money will cover the cost of removal.

Booth also stated that the failure to implement reform on a federal government level pushed the state to intervene urgently. Booth stated that it was time to ‘shut down’ the ‘disgusting form of revenue’ and start anew.

The pokies are owned by the Federal Hotels, who has the licensing to offer the games and the Greens plan includes giving the company compensation for the machines to be removed. They will also help the company find alternative revenue sources as compensation for the removal.

The plan will now begin to take shape and see motion as the Greens really want to see the games removed and taken out of circulation. Players will not be as happy and will most likely find another source for their income in the gaming sector.

- 2014-03-03

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