Stephen Mayne in Crikey:
"Jenny Macklin, the federal minister responsible for implementing the pokies deal with Andrew Wilkie, is complaining that the industry is refusing to offer up any venues that will trial a mandatory pre-commitment system with $1 maximum bets.
Jenny, ask your own party in Canberra. The Canberra Labor Club operates about 500 machines in the ACT and it represents the single largest investment asset owned directly by an ALP branch.
Labor’s role as the only major political party in the world that fundraises through operating gambling venues is just one of many conflicts of interest which dominate the pokies reform debate."
Jenny, if you need background, there's some below:
. Our nation's capital is also the nation's poker machine capital
. Labor - whose party is it?
. Ban large political donations. Starting here, starting now.
. The city the poker machines ate.