08 January 2009

Rudd's Handouts Feed Statewide Betting Binge

From The Age:

"When Kevin Rudd announced his $10.4 billion package of handouts to stave off recession, some said it was a gamble. The Prime Minister could hardly have known how true that would be. The millions of dollars handed to pensioners and lower-income families in the second week of December fuelled a betting and gaming binge across Victoria. 'We called it 'Kevin Rudd Thursday',' said the manager of one Melbourne Tabaret, revealing just how big a windfall gaming venues struck. Staff arrived at 8am on December 11 to find people queueing to play the pokies, cashed up with a minimum handout to single pensioners of $1400...."


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