It’s been 30 years since the announcement was made that Victoria would introduce poker machines into the state. While it was Labor who unlocked the door, the Liberal Party has helped prop it wide open. For both parties, it seemed like a good idea at the time.
Thirty years ago, pubs closed at 10pm, now they’re open 20 hours out of 24 and the only part of the venue open all those hours is the pokies room.
When they first arrived in Victoria I went occasionally with a group of friends, we had a cheap meal and then headed into the ‘gaming room’ for a flutter. It seemed harmless; we laughed a lot and never spent more than $20 each. But we didn’t know…
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