I don’t think the people protesting against the proposed poker machine laws have fully understood what they’re standing for. I’d like to help them gain clarity around this issue.
I’ve written a letter (see below) that clearly states the issues at hand.
I think that supporters of the clubs’ position should print a copy of the following letter and sign it and hang it on their letterbox or in the car window so that it’s clear to everyone in their community just what sort of person they are.
Dear Mr Wilkie,
I don’t want you to help problem gamblers.
I like the fact that people with gambling problems are wasting their family’s income in our poker machines because that means I can buy slightly cheaper beer and have free access to club facilities.
I don’t care how much the families of these problem gamblers suffer. Saving a few cents off my beer is much more important to me than whether the lives of their children are being ruined.
I don’t care that every year, in Australia, over 30 problem gamblers commit suicide and a lot more attempt suicide. The lives of 30 people are nothing when compared to the benefits I derive from cheap beer and free access to full size billiard tables.
Furthermore I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure that these problem gamblers keep putting their money into our poker machines. I don’t want anyone to help these problem gamblers get over their addiction because then my beer prices would go up.
If I had a magic wand that could instantly cure all problem gamblers of their addiction there’s no way I’d use it because my local club would immediately lose 40% of its revenue and my beer prices would go up.
In fact what we need is more problem gamblers, we need to encourage them to waste more money in our poker machines so that my beer prices get even cheaper and the club can buy some nicer paintings to hang on the walls to improve the ambience for the rest of the club’s members.
Listen to the people Mr Wilkie! What you’re proposing is un-Australian. You need to get your priorities right: cheap beer is the most important thing to Australians – and we don’t care how we get it – even if innocent families have to suffer!
Let them suffer, that’s their problem.
I want cheap beer!
[Sign your name here]
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We wouldn’t want to deprive opponents of the proposed poker machine reforms the chance to clearly indicate their beliefs to the world now would we?
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