Family friendly pubs the go
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.