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Stop picking on the pokies : Comments

By Richard Allsop, published 2/12/2009

It has been a bad few weeks for the rights of poker machine users.

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Yes well. My heart bleeds for the rights of people who spend their food money on poker machines, and the rights of people to drink until they are drunk enough to behave badly and not remember, or did I miss the point here?
Posted by dorothy42, Wednesday, 2 December 2009 9:15:14 AM
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Yes, dorothy 42, you did miss the point. It is the right of government to get money from the poor fools who are stupid enough to pour money in those devices. That way they can cut taxes for the rich.

Richard Allsop, the author of the article, was Chief of Staff to the two Transport Ministers in the Kennett Government. The Kennett Government was exemplary in setting up venues for fools to piss away their money and encourage them to do so at the cost of their own and their families well-being. It is the right of sheep to be fleeced.
Posted by david f, Wednesday, 2 December 2009 10:00:41 AM
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Well dot 42,
You certainly missed the point here.
Firstly you assume that all people that gamble, do so with their Ďtea moneyĒ
Next you assume that all people that drink too much behave badly, yet I will bet (pardon the language 0 that yo spend your dollar a week on a lotto ticket and I would assume you drink to be able to observe the nasty drunks their element or why would you have cause to make such statement/.
In fact I will bet that youíre the type that says if you donít do anything wrong then you hasnít got anything to worry about ďwhen it comes to the police state we live in. And that the police are doing a great job in ozz.
The fact the article is about human rights, in that the tribunals of Australia are political weapons used by politicians.
That they use their subordinates to basically tread on little people like you, is what itís about.
The fact that political groups so head up about gambling being the be all and end all of sin , in a world where police corruption kills more people than a poker machine ever did.
Itís about the political appointed judges that toe the political line even though their consciences say otherwise.
Until Australia removes these constitutionally dangerous tribunals we all betters quake in quake in our boots that the brown shirts donít come in and arrest us during the night.
Posted by thomasfromtacoma, Wednesday, 2 December 2009 10:01:58 AM
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There is a lot of media hysteria about pokies. If we put one fifth of the energy in to finding solutions for heroin addicts or entrenched poverty in Aboriginal communities as we do about the 'pokies' we'd have those two problems licked.

Unfortunately heroin and Aboriginals aren't media sexy. Senator Xenophon knows this. That's why he won't advocate on the tough social justice issues such as gay rights, Aboriginal health, racism, etc. Why? No media and few votes.
Posted by Cheryl, Wednesday, 2 December 2009 10:11:55 AM
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dorothy42: "or did I miss the point here"

Yep, you did. Richard Allsop doesn't give a dam about the rights of the people that use the pokies. His heartfelt concern is for the Romsey pub.

What gives it away is Allsop's connection with the IPA. When it comes to the government vs business right to make money, the IPA will champion for the business every time. So they deny AGW, they say the government should get out of managing the Murray, and they want out National Parks to be sustainably managed by forestry industries.

You can read about the IPA (or indeed look up any organisation, right or left leaning) here: http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Institute_of_Public_Affairs
Posted by rstuart, Wednesday, 2 December 2009 10:13:35 AM
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When will you people start replying to the content of the article and not the motivation of the write then you will be able to take off the mantle of a PhD in BS
Posted by thomasfromtacoma, Wednesday, 2 December 2009 10:32:10 AM
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