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Labor and Coalition hit jackpot on pokies

Media Release
Richard Di Natale 1 Feb 2012

Greens’ spokesperson for gambling, Senator Richard Di Natale, said today that Labor and the Coalition are reaping the benefits from problem gamblers.

“Clubs have made a lot of money from problem gamblers and now we know that the Opposition and Government have too,” said Senator Di Natale.

“Clubs and hotels donated $1.85 million last year to the Coalition and Labor parties, while simultaneously campaigning against pokies reform.

“Julia Gillard and Tony Abbot have both expressed sympathy for the families that are torn apart and children who have gone hungry because of problem gambling. Now we know that they are happy to accept their money to stock up their campaign war chests.

“Labor and the Coalition have hit the jackpot with their pokies windfall and given the weak reforms proposed by the government, the industry has as well.”

Media contact: Andrew Blyberg 0457 901 600

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