Fam­ily friendly pubs the go

Mercury (Hobart) - - FOOTY FEVER -

GOV­ERN­MENTS which con­tinue to ig­nore ma­jor­ity com­mu­nity con­cerns will no doubt face the con­se­quences at elec­tion time. The re­port on the fu­ture of poker ma­chines in pubs and clubs, by the joint com­mit­tee, is a case in point. The pub­lic does not want to see de­ci­sions made against the pub­lic in­ter­est, es­pe­cially those dom­i­nated mainly by self-in­ter­est groups. Clubs and pubs have thrived as fam­ily friendly venues in Western Aus­tralia without poker ma­chines. It ap­pears that in Tas­ma­nia many own­ers of pubs and clubs just ac­cept the rev­enue gained from the poker-ma­chine ad­dict, many of whom can’t af­ford to play. So­cial con­se­quences oc­cur and venues wipe their hands of it for the State Gov­ern­ment to pick up the pieces. As in WA, poker ma­chines should only be housed in casi­nos and, in fu­ture, we may see a re­turn to more live mu­sic venues as well as fam­ily friendly venues.

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