HANDS OFF MY BURGERS
WE DON’T NEED A NANNY-STATE APPROACH WHEN IT COMES TO GOVERNMENT FUNDING AND AN OUTRIGHT BAN WILL NOT WORK
Iread last week in this paper some stern comments from Federal MP Andrew Wallace about the Gambling Community Benefit Fund being blood money.
He refuses to support non-profit applications to the State Fund.
Wow. I find that amazing. I understand what he is saying about gambling, and yes, I work in an industry heavily involved in it, and yes, there are people with gambling problems that should be protected.
I get that. But couldn’t that be said about so many things that humans can get addicted to?
I don’t even know where to start.
For instance, for decades Queensland Health was underpinned by the Golden Casket – starting off building the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital in 1938, which in my mind is gambling.
Then there is fast food.
Could I get addicted to it? Possibly. But should we ban it? Hell no.
I don’t mind a burger but I don’t eat one every day and I really don’t think I should be protected from them by our government.
OK so let’s take Mcdonald’s, and Ronald Mcdonald House and compare what they do for sick kids and their families and what the Gambling Community Benefit does around the state.
I am sure there would be people out there that would have a massive issue with fast food and what damage it can do if consumed in excess.
A bit like all the other things we do that could be addictive but surely we acknowledge what wonderful assistance Ronald Mcdonald House is to sick kids.
Soft drinks and energy drinks are addictive as well, and not so good for us in some cases.
But most of us still have them at some stage. Take me, for instance.
When I was a kid, I used Coke to clean the bitumen off my bike because nothing else would shift it but I still have a Coke occasionally these days.
The NRL and AFL do some wonderful stuff for sick and underprivileged children and their families.
But because they are sponsored or derive income from gambling organisations, should we ban them as well?
I do believe we need some tighter guidelines on sports betting and agree with the MP on that.
But I don’t think we should be throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
Alcohol is addictive, so should we stop alcohol companies sponsoring anything because it is blood money, or go one better and ban alcohol totally from our country and bring back in prohibition?
Sure, the tobacco industry isn’t allowed to advertise or sponsor anything, which is great and is taxed enormously. A bit like alcohol. So where does our federal MP go with that?
I admire people who stand by their principles.
Sure, we all don’t have to agree but should acknowledge each other’s moral beliefs and the longer Andrew Wallace goes on as a federal MP, the more we will learn about him, which in some cases may get him more or less votes (depending on which drum he is banging at the time), which is all fine.
I am hoping that Andrew uses his electoral allowance to bridge the gap on what he won’t endorse for small non-profit organisations applying on the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.
I guess my other question is: if the Federal Government pays MPS from consolidated revenue, which I would think includes excise from booze and cigarettes, is that blood money?
I DON’T MIND A BURGER BUT I DON’T EAT ONE EVERY DAY AND I REALLY DON’T THINK I SHOULD BE PROTECTED FROM THEM BY OUR GOVERNMENT. .......................