No loss of revenue and overwhelming support to phase out pokies – so why would Tasmania keep them?
Modelling by The Australia Institute has found any impact to the state budget from phasing out poker machines in pubs and clubs could be negated through increasing taxes on poker machines in casinos.
Poker Machine Research, Ultra 106.5
The Australia Institute Tasmania’s research into poker machine reform was featured this week on the ABC’s 7:30.
The bearable lightness of lost revenue: Negligible tax losses from poker machine reform
With the Tasmanian Joint Select Committee on Future Gaming Markets considering the future of poker machines in Tasmania, community pressure is growing for poker machines to be banned from hotels and clubs, limiting them to casinos and the Spirit of Tasmania vessels.
Phasing out Poker machines a good bet for Tasmania
Report questions estimates of the impact on employment and revenue if Electronic Gaming Machines were phased out of Tasmania.
Gambling on the future
The Tasmanian Joint Select Committee on Future Gaming Markets is currently considering the future of poker machines in Tasmania, including a possible reduction in the number of machines and whether to retain the monopoly position of Federal Group (set to expire in 2023).