Sunday, 16 August 2009

One Picture Says It All.

Have a look at this photo taken just after 6PM of the child play area at Coles Kings Beach Tavern in Caloundra in Queensland's Sunshine Coast.This looks like a child in a room with all the play stations, play equipment and coin operated video games any child could want.

What is chilling is how it all looks like a pokie room.

What is missing is the child's parents.

Here's what the bistro looks like at the same Kings Beach Tavern.
You might recall Cole's written support of the National Principle of Responsible Gambling that there should be no exposure of pokie gambling to minors within the venue. This venue does not only not comply, with this kind of layout, Coles actively promotes exposure of pokie lights and sounds.

You might also recall that I wrote to Robert Hadler asking him about their support of the National Principles on 28 July and seeking response. The reply I got was that "will respond when I am able to view on my lap top".

I have received no response from Mr Hadler or anyone else from Coles / Wesfarmers.

My response was to visit over 60 Coles pokie pubs between 30 July and 3 August. Over the next few days, I'll be writing about what I saw.

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