Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Ballarat RSL review

Made the decision to commit and lodged the papers with the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) requesting that body to review the Ballarat RSL decision.

VCAT now has the substance of the previous blog with copies of earlier emails seeking status at the hearing.

The big issue is whether the good work of the RSL should be dependent upon pokie losses in a community that is already overburdened; Cr Des Hudson's views notwithstanding. It should not.

In other cases, construction of dining rooms and motel units have been cited by the VCGR as justification for further pokie losses in the community. This is truly screwed up logic.

As a side issue have a read of this outrageous paragraph from the Commission's decision:
"22. The Sub-Branch is also Trustee for the Australian Ex-Prisoner of War National Memorial which is located in the Botanical Gardens in Ballarat. This is a significant national War Memorial (it is the only one in Australia located outside of Canberra) and the services associated with it attract numbers of visitors. The club is anticipating being able to have many of these visitors include a stopover at the venue once the facilities have been restored to an appropriate standard. Currently it is not possible to build on the goodwill engendered."

It is extraordinary that the War Memorial should be somehow utilised as an advertisement for people to visit the club where they can play the pokies.

The children who visit the War Memorial should not be lead to pokie gambling. They should not be exposed to marketing that creates an association between the people who chose to devote their lives in service of Australia and this harmful form of adult entertainment.

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