Labor’s on-again, off-again pokies policy

John Tucker,Liberal Member for Lyons

Rebecca White should come clean and put Labor’s position on the future of gaming in Tasmania clearly on the public record.

The new revelation today that key Labor Left faction powerbroker, HACSU secretary Tim Jacobson, is helping to pay for phone polling against the Government’s 2018 Future Gaming Market policy begs the question: is Labor once again heading back to the Greens and a ban on pokies in pubs and clubs?

Does Ms White support this phone polling, as her senior Labor Party Administrative Committee colleague clearly does?

Labor has managed to stay in hiding and sit on the fence when it comes to the Government’s gaming policy, and it appears now we know why. The factions are still fighting.

Will Rebecca White go back to her famously-rejected ‘signature’ pokies ban policy? Is this the ‘unfinished business’ to which she previously referred?

This would clearly contradict the MOU Ms White quietly signed with the hospitality industry during the election campaign.

One thing is clear: it seems that the “Hard Left factional powerbrokers” like Mr Jacobson – as Shane Broad described them – are still at war over control of the Labor Party.

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