Mon, Aug 26, 12:39pm by Staff Writer
Ten individuals and businesses were disciplined by the Tasmanian Liquor and Gaming Commission between November and June, the authorities said.
The ABC reports that of the breaches, worth a collective $22,830, UBET received the largest penalty – $9,780 – for failing to include a responsible gambling message in its advertising.
The two casino businesses linked to pokies giant Federal Group were found to have also breached gaming laws.
Country Club Casino was fined $3,260 after an unlicensed person performed the work of a special employee.
Wrest Point Hotel Casino was sent a letter of censure for non-compliance with the requirements of the Internal Control and Accounting Manual.
Garich Pty Ltd, which runs Moonah Hotel, received a letter of censure for failing to provide CCTV, and was also fined $815 because an employee did not complete a Responsible Conduct of Gambling course.
Three people received letter of censure for playing Keno while working.
The federal Labor Party did not put pressure on Tasmania’s Labor Opposition to scrap its polarising poker machine policy that was taken to the 2018 state election.
The Examiner reported in May that federal Deputy Leader Tanya Plibersek has denied the claims, after independent Andrew Wilkie wrote in an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald in February that it was an “open secret” in Canberra that federal Labor was “shamefully applying pressure” to Opposition Leader Rebecca White to abandon the policy.
Less than a week later, Ms White announced the Labor Party would not be persisting with the policy in Tasmania.
Labor leader Rebecca White told ABC Hobart in February that her party could no longer pursue its policy of removing poker machines from pubs and clubs by 2023, because the Hodgman Liberal Government was planning to bring in legislation for a new license deed in this term.
Last year’s Tasmanian election was won by the incumbent Liberal Party. Despite picking up three seats in the election, Labor needed six to win back government.
Who changed @TasLiberal Pokies policy from a tender to a gift to going to incumbents for free? "Mr Hodgman twice insisted that the government was putting the pokies out to tender, and that a fair price would be achieved for Tasmanian taxpayers." #politas https://t.co/IVknsEJ3Ot
— Pat Caplice (@tassiepatrat) August 21, 2019
In her budget reply to the Tasmanian parliament in July 2018, Ms White didn’t mention the controversial policy, leading many to believe at the time that it had been abandoned.
When the ABC asked explicitly about the pokies policy Ms White said: “The Tasmanian Labor Party remains firmly committed to the policy position we took at the last election.”
In the wash up from defeat in the election, Ms White was asked whether or not the party’s pokies stance was too strong and cost her victory.
In response she said: “I know, and the Labor Party knows, that our decision to take this issue to this election was the right thing to do for the health of our communities and for the economy of Tasmania,” Ms White said.
Ms White and Labor’s recent back down comes after she made comments shortly after the March 2018 election that renewed Labor’s commitment to remove poker machines from the state.
Ms White did not reveal whether Labor would oppose the new license deed when it comes before parliament, only that the party would wait to see the legislation and assess whether improvements could be made in areas such as harm minimisation.
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