Australians lose $12 billion a year on the pokies.
Problem gamblers and their families are hit the hardest. The previous Labor government introduced some very modest but very important poker machine reforms. Tony Abbott wants to wreck these laws as a favour to big business and powerful special interest groups.
A Greens motion to force the tabling of all documents that Infrastructure Australia has on the East-West toll road was passed today by the Senate.
Infrastructure Australia confirmed recently in Senate Estimates that the Victorian Government is yet to provide its full business case for the East West Link despite the Commonwealth Government planning to pour $1.5 billion into the toll road. It also confirmed that the new government had not asked it for advice on the East West link.
Australian Greens health spokesperson, Dr Richard Di Natale, today called on the Charities Commission and Tax Office to follow the lead of the South Australian EPA and VCAT in following the science when it comes to the health impacts of wind farms.