A few weeks back Doyle – operating, I guess, on the basis of steely Liberal principle (!) – argued against local councils imposing extra rates on noxious gambling facilities. Councils – including Melbourne City if it increased its take from Crown – could have earned extra dollars if the proposal had gone through
In today’s Age it is claimed that the gambling industry was a major backer of his $400,000 Melbourne City Council reelection bid.
The events going on in NSW involving State Labor leave me feeling disgusted as much as angry. So too the obvious conflicts of interest that are pervasive through the linkages between politicians and the gambling industry in all states and involving both major political parties.
Update: The developers also backed various members on the Melbourne City Council. In fact they backed so many that there may not be a quorum to vote on development applications. Wouldn’t the community be devastated if the developers had wasted their hard-earned cash?