Lashing pokies is such a popular pastime among the inner-urban left that we thought it timely to bring out this old video of former Victorian Premier and lefty Joan Kirner making a compelling argument for why Victoria legalised poker machines.
Of course, these views were not acceptable at dinner parties subsequent to the conclusion of her reign of error, so she quickly expressed regret and self-loathing for her apostasy on gambling. As did Jeff Kennett, who agreed with moaning Joan about pokies and also thought toppling murderous tyrant Saddam Hussein wasnâ€™t very sporting.
Of course legalising pokies didnâ€™t allow pokies into Victoria for the first time, it just transferred them from the hands of Lygon Street and Chinese Triad mobsters and put them into pubs and clubs with a heavily taxed regime that took billions of dollars from the gambler in taxes and spent it on community facilities like hospitals, the Aquatic Centre and many others. And as Joan argues in the video, it ended the absurdity of tens of thousands of senior citizens being literally bused into NSW border towns so they could indulge in their favoured form of entertainment, which in per hour terms is actually very cheap for most people. This absurdity greatly enriched NSW at Victoriaâ€™s expense.
So the only people who suffered from the introduction of legal pokies in Victoria were gangsters and the NSW government (to the extent they are distinguishable â€“ ha ha).
Anyway, moaning Joan wasnâ€™t all bad as the Essendon supporter amply demonstrated fronting up belting out a Joan Jett tune. Please also note the unique musical stylings of former minister turned lobbyist David White on electric guitar.