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Gambling on the future: Do poker machines represent a net gain or loss to the Tasmanian economy?

17 Jul 2017
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This report questions estimates of the impact on employment and revenue if Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs) were phased out of Tasmania.

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A new report from Hobart-based think tank, The Australia Institute Tasmania, has found that previous estimates of the impact of phasing out poker machines on employment are inconsistent with recent Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data.   

ABS data suggests gambling employment in Tasmania of around 1,500 people, rather than over 4,000 as suggested in the most recent government-commissioned social and economic impact study. 

The research concludes that more transparent and robust modelling is required to accurately assess the impact to GDP from a phase out of poker machines. 

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