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

Life & Style Weekend - - TUGBOAT TALES - WORDS: ASH­LEY ROBIN­SON .......................

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. .......................

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