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Comments on Peter Martin: Tuesday Column: The city the poker machines ate





Updated: 2015-09-30T08:04:03.541+10:00

 



Dave,It is a tax, but in the Australian Capital Te...

2007-10-07T13:06:00.000+10:00

Dave,

It is a tax, but in the Australian Capital Territory it is NOT a tax you don't have to pay.

Here's why: Our rate of tax on poker machines is low relative to the rest of Australia.

Here, the people who are addicted to pokies get taxed, but the money goes to the poker machine owners (some of whom donate some of it to the ACT ALP) rather than to the ACT government to reduce our tax burden to the extent that would happen in other states.

We miss out both ways.



There should be more poker machines. They should ...

2007-10-06T20:22:00.000+10:00

There should be more poker machines. They should be in shopping centres, in railway stations, tram and bus stops, in government offices, public buildings and banks.

I see tax taken on poker machines as tax I don't have to pay. This is a good thing, and I see no reason to stop it.

I beg you, please do not campaign against poker machines.



LETTER TO THE EDITOR, October 4, 2007Labor’s poker...

2007-10-04T11:46:00.000+10:00

LETTER TO THE EDITOR, October 4, 2007

Labor’s poker face

Peter Martin’s opinion piece ‘‘Stanhope should explain’’ (October 2, p11) has hit the nail firmly on the head with regard to the ACT Labor Party’s ongoing love affair with poker machines.

Instead, as occurs with other parties, relying on the generosity of its own party members and courting financial support from business and industry, the ALP is milking the poker machine cash cow for all it’s worth.

This is why the ALP always carries on, finds excuses to justify its position,screams and squirms whenever anysuggestion is floated that poker machine revenue streams should be banned as a source of political donations.

Jonathon Reynolds, Ngunnawal



LETTER TO THE EDITOR, October 3, 2007Poker neutral...

2007-10-03T14:31:00.000+10:00

LETTER TO THE EDITOR, October 3, 2007

Poker neutrality

The operation of a poker machine is a morally neutral act, transferring money from one party to another in exchange for recreation and diversion, and the possibility of a payout.

This should be conducted in an ethical context, and the rights and interests of both parties should be protected by law.

Like many human activities, the playing of poker machines can be abused by mentally disturbed and morally deficient people.

Clubs and other venues with poker machines should be required by law to actively identify and assist such people.

To condemn the playing of poker machines because of their abuse by a minority is a fallacy in reasoning, and a moral rigorism that can distort the structure of human activity in its everyday manifestations, and in its development over time.

Frank Mines, Nicholls