Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Clubs Will Survive Pokie Card; Restricting Gamblers' Betting A[euro]" Will It Really Work?

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Clubs Will Survive Pokie Card; Restricting Gamblers' Betting A[euro]" Will It Really Work?

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Byline: HARPO'S MARKS

TAKE your thoughts back to 100 years ago or so. That was about the time of the biggest upheaval in history since the invention of the wheel. There's the tip a wheel!

Yes, the invention and mass manufacture of the motor car.

Think about it. For thousands of years, human kind had to rely on a variety of beasts a horses, camels, donkeys, buffaloes, elephants a and vehicles such as carts, drays and wagons a for transport of people and goods.

Plus of course, Shank's Pony.

Think of the upheaval.

Think of all those affected by the takeover of the world by motor vehicles as they supplanted horse and cart as the major means of transport.

Coachmen, footmen, farriers, stable hands, feed merchants and farmers who grew the feed.

Then there were wheelwrights, harness and coach manufacturers, horse breeders and the multitude of blokes who went around city streets picking up tonnes of droppings every day.

Still, life went on as new industries developed and new occupations were created.

Yes folks, the only constant in life is change.

Which brings us to today's topic a the whingeing of pubs and clubs about the end of the world with the introduction of a card that will limit the daily amount poker machine players can stack into the amoney treesa.

They're all crying that tens of thousands of jobs in the pub and club industry will be lost. Former barmen and women, waiters and waitresses, will be living on the streets, they claim.

And that sporting clubs nationwide will collapse and kids, without any sport, will grow obese and eventually explode in front of the TV or a computer screen.

What a load of crap.

Think a again with the thinking a about when smoking was banned from restaurants. Restaurateurs said it would be the end of the world as we diners knew it. There are now more restaurants than ever. …

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