Man does not represent Julia Gillard
yet to announce position on pokies - 16th January
Minister Julia Gillard says her talks with anti-poker
machine federal independent MP Andrew Wilkie have
been constructive and are continuing.
Gillard met on Sunday with the Tasmanian politician
to talk about his proposed poker machine gambling
reforms but has so far declined to give any details.
discussions are ongoing and it's not going to be my
intention to comment on them in the media," she
told reporters in Hobart on Monday.
we had a constructive discussion yesterday."
about Senator Nick Xenophon's comment that the reforms
are doomed to failure because the federal government
no longer relies on Mr Wilkie's lower house vote to
hold power, Ms Gillard said he wasn't involved in
her talks with Mr Wilkie.
Xenophon was not in those discussions yesterday so
the people who best know how those discussions are
going were in those talks ... and me and Mr Wilkie
describe them as constructive because they were."
Wilkie was due on Monday to fly to Adelaide to meet
Senator Xenophon, who has been a strong supporter
of the lower house MP's poker machine reforms.
Wilkie said on Sunday it was inconceivable Gillard
would renege on the deal to impose mandatory pre-commitment
for high loss poker machines and a $1 limit on other
reforms were part of the deal Mr Wilkie struck in
return for his support for a Labor minority government
after the 2010 election.
the Gillard government is less reliant on Mr Wilkie's
support since coalition MP Peter Slipper defected
to become Speaker.
Xenophon, who backs a $1 limit on all bets, said on
Sunday the government was about to commit an act of
"political bastardry" and sink the reforms
by making them too contentious for many MPs to vote
Senator Richard Di Natale on Monday agreed there was
a risk the proposed reforms may not go ahead.
think that there's a real risk that the policy proposal
put forward by Andrew Wilkie won't get up," he
told ABC Radio.
Ball from Clubs Australia said the $1 maximum bet,
just like mandatory pre-commitment, probably won't
help problem gamblers, but will be "hugely expensive"
would be a sad day that we pursued policy simply because
it's easier to get through parliament and that's what
Nick Xenophon and others are talking about,"
Mr Ball told ABC Radio.
Independent MP Tony Windsor told ABC Radio: "I
think the $1 bet suggestion is a lot easier to understand.
think people have difficulty understanding what mandatory
pre-commitment meant in the first place.
obviously putting a limit on the bet is more understandable."
Wilkie said he expected to give a detailed public
update on the progress later this week.
Gillard VS Tony Abbott
Abbott VS Julia Gillard (2010)
Man does not represent Tony Abbott
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Election Video That's Sweeping The Nation
For Prime Minister
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Punters Bet On Julie Gillard PM, by Greg Tingle -
6th July 2010
Australian punting public has spoken... they believe
that Prime Minster Julie Gillard will hold on cum
the next Australian election, likely to be held within
3 months... Media
Man and Gambling911 probe politics and watch the
Prime Minister, the smart, humble and most sexy Julia
Gillard, will win the next election however Labor
will loose 8 seats, the Aussie punters predict at
Federal Government's chances, stocks and image, so
it seems, have improved quite a bit since Labor boned
(thanks Eddie McGuire) Kevin "Bloody" Rudd
last month in favour of his former deputy Ms Gillard
(speculation reigns for how long she will remain a
Ms... marriage this year?)
betting - gaming giant Centrebet
- James Packer 50% owned is the competitor) still
expects the Government to lose 8 seats at the upcoming
election however still enough to form a 10-seat majority.
That's 10 (think of Julia as the Bo Derek of Aussie
politics hey baby).
this scenario, Labor would hold 80 federal seats,
in comparison with 67 for the Coalition and 3 for
the independents (Bob Brown and friends).
redistribution has made 5 Coalition-held seats notionally
Labor, putting 88 electorates in the Government's
column so to speak.
uniform swing (not swinger) of 1.5 per cent away from
Labor would see the Government lose 8 seats, including
the electorate of Bennelong held by high-profile television
journo queen cum MP Maxine McKew.
MP Belinda Neal's NSW central coast seat of Robertson
would also fall to the coalition along with Perth
WA electorate of Hasluck and the Darwin NT seat of
odds of winning the next election have shortened to
$1.29 with the Coalition's odds now at $3.50, following
a whopping $50,000 bet with Centrebet on the weekend.
is the Government's shortest odds of victory since
December last year, when the Liberals dumped Malcolm
Turnbull as leader for Tony "The Bruiser"
has temporarily suspended betting for an election
date, with August 28 presently the favourite.
Ms Gillard heading to Queensland, an election is unlikely
to be called today for early August.
Ms Gillard has finally joined the social-networking
site Twitter - and she's sent it into a Sunday afternoon
Gillard had been maintaining a dignified silence on
Twitter, which other politicians appear addicted to.
commensurate with her new role running the country,
Ms Gillard joined the internet age.
under "JuliaGillard", the prime minister
said: "I've decided it's time to take the Twitter
plunge! Hopefully Ill master it. JG."
30 mins of her first tweet, Ms Gillard had surged
to 450 followers, and was adding one sheep er (follower)
every three seconds.
site includes an ALP logo and a smart, even titillating,
photograph of her in matching necklace and earrings.
Of course, beauty (and sexiness) is in the eye of
allows anyone to sign up send out messages of 140
characters or less whenever they like; others sign
up and follow the messages.
Gillard may be the talk of Twitter but she has a long
way to go before she can match her former boss Kevin
Rudd, who has almost one million people following
his regular tweets.
under the not-entirely-accurate moniker "KevinRuddPM",
Mr Rudd's latest message showed him enjoying a day
out with his family on the Sunshine Coast.
normal things like shopping. Turns out I'm still a
lousy shopper," Mr Rudd tweeted yesterday.
Rudd's recent posts have received wide media coverage
as he communicated what he was up to and how he felt
after losing the leadership in the dark of night.
His wife, Therese Rein, is also a committed tweeter.
Abbott is just shy of 10,000 followers on Twitter,
and that's with or without his famous Budgie Smugglers
not so shy photo shot (Julie, pleaseee try to top
Tony... I beg you...a beach shot would be appreciated
by many. If too hot or provocative, perhaps one from
a day at the races).
Ms Gillard has called for an open debate on asylum
seekers days before the Government is expected to
announce a new policy on refugees.
three-month freeze on the processing of Sri Lankan
asylum seekers is due to expire on Thursday. A Media
Man staffer was heard joking in regard to Labor "So,
the inmates are no longer running the asylum, time
will tell, and let's see what Liberal's Malcolm Turnbull
might get up to re the three way dance".
Gillard would not be probed further on what decision
her Government would make or if it would apply to
refugees more broadly. Gillard is no broad and widely
remains viewed as beauty and brains.
she said people should be able to speak their mind
on the issue, free from political correctness.
like to sweep away any sense that people should close
down any debate, including this debate, through a
sense of self-censorship or political correctness,"
Ms Gillard said while on a tour of bushfire-attacked
Marysville down south in Victoria.
should say what they feel and my view is many in the
community should feel anxious when they see asylum
seeker boats and obviously we as a government want
to manage our borders.
people to say they're anxious about border security
doesn't make them intolerant, it certainly doesn't
make them a racist, it means that they're expressing
a genuine view that they're anxious about border security.
the same token people who express concern about children
being in detention, that doesn't mean they're soft
on border protection, that just means that they're
expressing a real human concern."
Man prefers Gillard's approach, style and media policy
(and good looks) to that of her former equivalent,
Kevin Rudd. We hope Senator Stephen Conroy ("Minister
Of Censorship") picks up on a few communication
tips from "Our Julia".
wish our American friends a belated Happy Independence
Day - 4th of July
- For Twits Or Smart Operators?...
did we mention... Julie Gillard recently joined the
social networking craze with her Twitter account
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please play it legal, bet with your head, not over
it, know the odds, have fun and try to remember to
vote, unless you can get a donkey to vote for you...
Julia, are you certain about keeping Senator Stephen
Conroy on board? Then again, Media Man spies advise
that he's been listening to Crown Casino king James
Packer, continuing on great work with GenerationOne
and Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest, so perhaps
excellent idea to keep Sen Conroy. We note the proposed
Aussie internet filter proposal is getting reconsidered.
If done right it may be a vote winner, if done wrong,
it may be The Election Looser! You're throw of the
President Barack Omaba is the only president to ever
make front cover of Marvel Comics (shared with Spider-Man)
icon Stan Lee 2 years ago released comic 'Election
PM Julie Gillard was voted by Australians as the Sexiest
sex symbol Madame Lash (Gretel Pinniger) formed her
own ill fated political party in 1996 based out of
Palm Beach, The Extra Dimension Party! She had promised
to bring "rubber, leather, glitter, glamour and,
of course, lashes" to Canberra! Lash was also
understood to have enjoyed a spanking good relationship
with Clyde Packer, same family as gaming and media
mogul, the late Kerry Packer (father of James Packer).
'The Body' Ventura (James George Janos), former governor
of Minnesota was once a front man for American sports
betting and gaming company, BetUS
McMahon, World Wrestling Entertainment former CEO,
is running for U.S Senate. She announced her candidacy
for U.S. Senator from Connecticut on September 16,
2009. On May 21, 2010, she became the presumptive
nominee, winning a majority of support from the Connecticut
Republican Party. She is running as a Republican,
campaigning on promises of lower taxes, fiscal conservatism,
and job creation.
Abramoff was a Washington, D.C. lobbyist, businessman,
and con man. He is the key figure in the gaming and
political themed 'Casino Jack and the United States
of Money' documentary film and the story is also known
as 'Bagman', staring Kevin Spacey as Jack. The rumor
mill says Jack was recently spotted flipping Pizzas.
Turnbull, former leader of the Liberal Party of Australia
is also an internet entrepreneur and made millions
with his once start up, ISP OzEmail.
Casino and competitor, Star City Casino, are a few
of the biggest donors to Australia's major political
parties (Labor and Liberal)
Alois Schwarzenegger the 38th Governor of California,
acting and bodybuilding icon, is also featured in
the online slot game 'The Terminator' found at political
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Man is primarily a media, publicity and internet
portal development company. Gaming is just one of
a bakers dozen of sectors they cover. They also offer
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Censorship in Australia: Senate Transcript - May 2010
those of you who have been following the exploits
of Australia Communications Director Stephen Conroy
and his attempts to censor the Internet here at Gambling911.com,
we have obtained a copy of the Senate transcript as
it relates to Google in Australian Parliament, courtesy
of Greg Tingle.
does not mention or reference gaming or gambling,
however, it is known that some of those sites appearing
on a so-called "black list" include online
gambling websites such as Betfair.
- We now move to program 1.2, Telecommunications,
Online and Postal Services. We are waiting for Senator
Ludlum, who indicated that he has questions here.
We will start with Senator Fisher.
FISHER -There was a story on the ABC News website
recently that Google was trawling streets collecting
wi-fi data, and there was a suggestion that in the
process of collecting that data they somehow downloaded
network connection contents of people's houses.
Conroy - I do not think it was somehow'; I think
they set out to collect it.
FISHER - Minister, given the concerns that have been
raised about the potential privacy issues and the
concerns that have been ventilated as to what use
Google will put this information and for how long
they will keep it or have their wonderful way with
it, what do you propose to do about it?
Conroy - I believe the Privacy Commissioner has written
to them. I think they are now engaged in a conversation.
FISHER - Did you ask her to do so?
Conroy - No. The Privacy Commissioner is in a different
FISHER - That would not stop you asking.
Conroy - I note that the German minister has referred
it to the criminal authorities for illegal data collection.
FISHER - For the same thing in Germany?
Conroy - This has been worldwide. Google takes the
view that they can do anything they want-they do not
evil to themselves. I do have a little bit of information.
You actually cut into an answer I was hoping to give,
but I will take you through the information that I
is possible that this has been the largest privacy
breach in history across Western democracies. After
being caught out by European privacy commissioners,
Google has admitted that their Streetview cars-the
ones that drive down your street and photograph your
house without your permission so that they can make
it available worldwide for use in their Streetview
product-has also been collecting information from
people using wi-fi connections; that is, your personal
data, including, potentially, emails. Welcome, Senator
Ludlam. We are just filling in for you.
FISHER - And connection equipment and so on.
Conroy - All of that information. Ten privacy commissioners
around the world recently wrote to Google about their
concerns. Many privacy commissioners, including Australia's,
are investigating Google for data breaches. Google
have admitted to doing this and claim it was a mistake
in the software code, meaning that it was actually
quite deliberate; the code was collecting it.
FISHER - Can you explain that?
Conroy - The computer program that collects it was
designed to collect this information.
FISHER - Are you disputing Google's claim that it
Conroy - Yes. I am saying that they wrote a piece
of code designed to do it.
FISHER - So, it was deliberate in your view?
Conroy - It is interesting to note that this claim
that it was a mistake came only after the data protection
authority in Germany asked to audit Google's data.
They continually say publicly, Trust us.' This
comes on top of recent controversies relating to the
Google Buzz product, which made public the details
of the people users most emailed and chatted with
on their social networking site.
can fully explain the policies being adopted by a
company like Google. In December 2009 their CEO, Eric
Schmidt, told CNBC, If you have something that
you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't
be doing it in the first place.' At the World Mobile
Conference in Barcelona in February the same CEO falsely
denied any privacy breach with Buzz. He stated, People
thought that somehow we were publishing their email
addresses and private information, which was not true',
when it was true. He said, It was our fault
that we did not communicate that fact very well, but
the important thing is that no really bad stuff happens
in the sense that nobody's personal information was
disclosed.' I repeat that it was. Google Buzz exposed
one user's location to her abusive ex-partner, and
it was only after worldwide condemnation of Google
that they actually apologised. People should not mistake
the approach being taken by Google on a range of issues
around the world.
FISHER - Obviously there is little love lost between
you and Google.
Conroy - No, it is fair to say I am just chronicling
the activities of Google worldwide. I have not finished
FISHER - I gathered not.
Conroy - At the Abu Dhabi media summit-
FISHER - I was about to beg to differ, because I am
quite genuine in my question.
LUDLAM - This is starting to sound really personal.
Conroy - I am very pleased to note that you have arrived
for me to finish my answer. At an Abu Dhabi media
summit in March 2010, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said,
Google sees itself really differently from other
companies, because we see ourselves as a company with
a mission about information and not a mission about
revenue or profits.' Yet at the third quarter earning
call for Google on 15 October 2009, Eric Schmidt told
Wall Street analysts on the phone hook-up, We
love cash.' Mr Schmidt, in December, said this-I noted
this previously, but I am not sure that you heard
this, Senator Ludlam, so I want to repeat it: If
you have something that you don't want anyone to know,
maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place.'
LUDLAM - You read that 30 seconds ago.
Conroy - I was not sure if you were in the room when
I read it the first time. Schmidt also absurdly claimed
to be misunderstood over Google Buzz and he went on
to say, People thought that somehow we were
publishing their email addresses and private information.'
Again, I am not sure if you were here.
LUDLAM - Yes, I was here.
Conroy - Schmidt made the statement about how they
were not really doing these things and the abusive
ex-partner got someone's address. Schmidt said that
after a civil liberties group had already issued a
warning about Buzz's serious problems with private
information and after Google's own spokesman, Todd
Jackson, had said, Google was very, very sorry
for getting millions of users rightfully upset.' Google
were also questioned at the Abu Dhabi media summit.
Mr Schmidt was asked about the company's worrisome
stash of private data on its users: All this
information that you have about us, does that scare
anyone in the room?' The response from Mr Schmidt
was: Would you prefer someone else? Is there
a government that you would prefer to be in charge
of this?' Frankly, I think the approach taken by Mr
Schmidt is a bit creepy.
LUDLAM - Are you going to quote them on your filter,
because I presume that is what this is all about?
Conroy - I have not even got to the filters yet.
FISHER - I have not finished my question yet either.
Conroy - No, you have not. I have almost finished,
so I thank you for your patience, Senator Fisher.
This is a company that says do no evil', but
tries to pretend that it is not motivated by profit
and that it knows best and you can trust us'
when it comes to privacy. Unfortunately there are
no safeguards. You are dealing with company policy.
There are more issues that I will come to when we
get to YouTube later. When it comes to their attitude
to their own censorship, their response is simply,
Trust us.' They state on the website, Trust
LUDLAM - Terrible!
Conroy - They consider themselves to be above government.
They consider that they are the appropriate people
to make the decisions about people's privacy data,
that they are perfectly entitled to drive the streets
and collect private information by photographing over
fences and collecting data/information. This is probably
the single greatest breach in history of privacy.
That is why so many governments around the world have
reacted in the way they have to a company like Google.
FISHER - So, you say they consider themselves above
government. Are they above the Telecommunications
Conroy - Not in the slightest; not in this country.
FISHER - Have you referred these actions for investigation
as a potential breach of the Telecommunications Act?
Conroy - As I said, the Privacy Commissioner has written
to them seeking further information, and we will be
liaising with the Privacy Commissioner to see where
that gets to before we take any further action. We
will be awaiting the Privacy Commissioner's-
FISHER - Why, given that indictment? That is five
minutes of estimates we will never get back.
Conroy - The German government has already referred
it. We will see what the Privacy Commissioner has
to say, but we will be watching it very closely.
FISHER - Why are you sitting back and watching? Why
are you not referring the matter?
Conroy - The Privacy Commissioner is the appropriate
place to start this process.
FISHER - Surely there are other aspects of the Telecommunications
Act that could potentially have been breached by this
behaviour, if it is as indictable as you suggest.
Conroy - What I said was that Germany has described
it as indictable. I did not say that we had. Let me
be very clear about this. I did not say we had.
FISHER - I was using a generic description of your
downloading-your description of their behaviour.
Conroy - No. What I said was that we would await the
Privacy Commissioner's report.
FISHER - Why?
Conroy - It has already been referred in Germany.
FISHER - Why await the Privacy Commissioner's report?
Is privacy the only aspect that may have been violated
Conroy - We can take that on notice.
FISHER - You have just given a diatribe of their behaviour.
Conroy - I have described what has happened in other
jurisdictions. You are talking about one specific
instance. What I have said is that the Privacy Commissioner
has already written to them and we will be awaiting
what the Privacy Commissioner says to see if there
are any breaches of Australia's laws.
FISHER - You are hiding behind Karen Curtis?
Conroy - I am not hiding behind anybody. She is engaged
in her statutory obligations. That is her statutory
obligation and she is pursuing them.
FISHER - If the Privacy Commissioner concludes that,
for example, there is no breach of privacy issues,
what would you do then?
Conroy - If there is no breach of privacy issues,
there is nothing we can do. We will have conversations.
As I said, we will take on notice the issue of whether
or not there are any other breaches. We are happy
to take that on notice, but at this stage the Privacy
Commissioner is pursuing it.
FISHER - My final question on notice is: why would
you not, in any event, refer the matter for investigation
for potential breach of the Telecommunications Act?
Conroy - As I said, we will take that on notice and
give you some information about that. At this stage
the Privacy Commissioner has taken it forward and
we will be coordinating with the Privacy Commissioner.
FISHER - In your answer you inferred that there may
be breaches of the Telecommunications Act outside
privacy issues, did you not?
Conroy - ACMA were here earlier. You could have asked
ACMA if they thought there was a breach. I am happy
to take that on notice for you and ask ACMA.
FISHER - I am asking you, Minister.
Conroy - As I said, I am happy to take that on notice
and ask ACMA on your behalf.
FISHER - Thank you.
Gambling Report Asks Federal Government to Control,
by Greg Tingle - May 2010
Australian Productivity report on gaming and gambling
has come out, but relax - it's not all bad news.
report tells the Aussie federal government to basically
take over the regulation of gambling, which Australians
spend $18 billion a year on, states collecting $4.69bn
in tax revenue annually, and that's only the figures
they know about.
think tank powerhouses at Deakin University and the
Australia Institute, urge the Rudd government to put
a 2 per cent tax on all gambling revenue. Furthermore,
using some of the $378 million to give state governments
that reduce gambling levels "incentive payments"
(not a bribe of sorts?!) to reduce their "reliance"
on pokies tax.
report argues that the land down under Australia should
establish a national gambling regulator that would
set poker machine quotas and bet limits. They also
call for the establishment of a national (not-for-profit)
lottery to replace revenue states would lose. North
and South Carolina has the Education Lottery, which
gambling and wrestling fans will be aware of 'The
Nature Boy' Ric Flair fronting.
Aussie reports goes as far to state the commonwealth
should establish a national player tracking system
to detect "abnormal or risky playing patterns".
Professor Hancock said problem gambling was a serious
health risk. "This whole approach . . . needs
to be a central plank in the Rudd government's health
plan," she stressed.
Man and Gambling911 acknowledge the existence of "problem
gamblers", but in society many people have problems,
be it gambling, employment, relationships, health,
time management and all sorts of matter, so it does
point an accusing finger at the gaming and gambling
sector. Some types of personalities are more likely
to encounter problems with gambling, and that's just
part of the human make up.
serious and concerning information was also included
in the report. In the state of Victoria, one in five
people arriving at The Alfred Hospital's emergency
unit after suicide attempts were gamblers in crisis,
Professor Hancock said. A high profile U.S. gambler
here in the states may have also committed suicide
due to high gambling debts.
Australian politicians are buying right into the argument.
Well known anti-pokies campaigner and independent
senator Nick Xenophon advised he was inspired to run
for federal politics because Kevin Rudd said he would
act against gambling.
I suggest to the Prime Minister that now the emissions
trading scheme is off the agenda, there's a lot more
time in the Senate to consider legislation,"
Senator Xenophon said.
governments are the No 1 jackpot junkies. They can't
be trusted when it comes to gambling regulation. And
despite his promise to deal with gambling, the Prime
Minister had done nothing to reduce rates".
clubs operating "one armed bandits" provide
the Labor Party with $1m plus in campaign donations
Rudd pledged to do something about the rise of poker
machines across the country.
hate poker machines and I know something of their
impact on families," he said.
Productivity Commission draft report on gambling late
last year recommended that pokie bets be restricted
to $1 a play, and cash withdrawal limits should be
placed on adjacent ATMs.
report states Australians lost $18bn a year on gambling,
and about 15% of Aussies gambled regularly (excluding
Lotto), scratchies and the like.
estimated 10% of regular gamblers are "problem
new report says the commonwealth should add to the
"Grants Commission formula incentives" for
state governments to reduce their reliance on gambling
taxes or reduce their commonwealth grants if they
did not do so.
present much discussion in the gaming and igaming
sector revolves around if full regulation of the sector,
both globally and in the Asia Pacific region is the
way forward, with the vast majority saying Yes.
Man and Gambling911 encourage gamblers to know the
odds, bet with your head, not over it, and have fun.
Tingle is a special contributor for Gambling911
Man is primarily a media, publicity and internet portal
Gets New Gambling Watchdog in Town: Woof!, by Greg
Tingle - 3rd June 2010
gambling remains politically red hot. With the changes
in town comes a new watchdog... yep, a man of a different
breed who appears to be a shoot straight, and takes
a balanced view of the industry. Media Man, Gambling911
and our pack of sniffer dogs pound the pavement and
sniff out the story... Ruff
Mr Ches Baragwanath, Australia's new Gambling Watchdog.
No, he's not affiliated with our unmet friends at
Affiliate Guard Dog (or CAP or GPWA for that matter).
the unacquainted, Baragwanath, is a former auditor-general
of Australia circa 1990.
watchdog has a reputation of not taking rubbish from
the animals in Parliament or in the gambling sector.
Fairfax Media we learned of a previous masterstroke
and key happening re today's new sheriff in town ....the
Victorian government before last November's election,
Mr Baragwanath let it be known to the house he has
accepted an invitation to become a commissioner for
appointment, announced just yesterday, comes at a
pivotal time for the Australian gaming and gambling
industry. Shakes ups of late include James Packer's
Crown Casino growing, politicians are open to seeing
the proposed Mildura "Jewel" Casino happen
on their watch.
has his finger on the pulse. No spring chicken, at
75 years of age, he's wiser and more experienced than
the best of them, and is understood to process a brilliant
mind, understands the typical man in the street (and
boasts outstation credentials and business contacts).
Insiders say he's expected to make fair but tough
rulings, and is not a casino lover nor casino hater.
Controlled growth and suitable regulation, maintaining
balance, are understood to be high on his priorities.
B says "I've spent a bit of time in Las Vegas;
it's a soul-destroying place. I would hate Melbourne
to become the Las Vegas of the southern hemisphere.
Pokies are the most mindless and boring pastime I
could imagine". Still, he respects people to
play the pokies, and other legal casino games of their
personable, hang on, likable, Mr B (Big) loves the
horses, having a beer and is known to even try his
luck having a punt on Tattslotto, if you believe the
media gossip around town.
Melbourne Age was able to get this rip snorter quote
from the man..."Despite what political parties
might say in opposition, once they get into government
they are fascinated by the revenue that flows from
nicotine, booze and gambling - wait until they decide
how to tax sex! The Victorian government - and most
governments, for that matter - do very well out of
problem gamblers, they do very well out of problem
drinkers and they do very well out of problem smokers,
so they've got a moral obligation to support those
people who are harmed by gambling, nicotine and alcohol.
I haven't read the Bible for some time, but I seem
to recall the Roman soldiers were rolling dice underneath
the crucifix. I would say to them, look, 97.5 or 98
per cent of the population enjoy a mild flutter on
poker machines. Should they be penalised because 2
per cent can't control themselves? I enjoy a drink.
Should I be penalised because some people can't hold
their liquor? If gambling went underground, the criminal
element could take over. I can remember when I was
a kid growing up in Brunswick just near the Union
Hotel, the bigwig in the area was the local SP (starting
price) bookmaker. Do we really want SP bookmakers
back on the scene? To some extent it (the role) is
to ensure the criminal element is kept out of this
field - you know, we don't want the bloody Mafia buying
into hotels with poker machines".
"Blueys" err, Mr Big's bark is bigger than
his bite remains to be seen. Insiders meantime question
who let the dogs out, and what side of the fence will
"Mr Dog" prefer?
Man remains a proud shareholder in Crown Casino, understood
to remain a focus point of the new sheriff in town.
"Mr Big" will also be acutely aware that
the funds the pour into the likes of Crown Casino
flow back into the community and create real and sustainable
employment opportunities, some of which tie in with
celebrated employment initiative GenerationOne, a
project of which Media Man remains in close contact
remain a key element in the Australian tourism, entertainment
and employment landscape, and "Mr Big" will
no doubt remind himself of these facts when it comes
to the hard decisions that will be coming his way
for as long as his holds the top dog position.
readers of Gambling911, as always bet with your head,
not over it, and have fun.
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