A hotel we are known to frequent occasionally is the Dick Whittington in Chapel Street St Kilda. The staff are fantastic and the rest that goes with the hotel is ok. It has poker machines too.
Just around the corner is the garage where I have had my car serviced, off and on, for thirty odd years. Buildings behind the garage were demolished for a new development, and then for a long time it was just a vacant block of very convenient land that the garage opened up a fence for car storage.
We noticed a construction was going up on the vacant land. Ohhh, housing for the poor, no doubt much of it being paid out of my rates. Surely money for housing the poor should come from our State and Federal governments and not City of Port Phillip rate payers.
While there has long been a high rise for the poor block not too far from the Dick Whittington, this new one is quite a large development.
The Dick Whittington has applied to have more poker machines and I believe they received approval for them. Funnily, it in our capitalist society, I don't blame the hotel for trying to increase their profits.
However, one can't help but see the connection between new public housing right opposite the hotel and more poker machines.
As someone who has on more than one occasion wasted five dollars in the one armed bandits that are now speedily electronic to extract maximum dollars from you at maximum speed, I had a fairly benign view of poker machines. They were something for me to waste five dollars in, with a possible promise of riches. As for our other gambling vice that we spend $5 each a week upon, Tattslotto, neither has made us rich.
We go to Crown Casino occasionally to dine. I see so many people with miserable expressions on their faces as they gamble away their money. Shouldn't recreation be happy?
In spite of my recent praise of our ex premier Joan Kirner, sadly she was instrumental in bringing poker machines to Victoria.
I'd reckon if you asked her, she would say it was a mistake. What was my fairly benign view of poker machines has now become hatred. Legalised many extra forms of gambling has done some terrible things to our city and state. How could the introduction of all this gambling make for a better society? We should have just stuck to the TAB, which is bad enough for some, and some illegal backrooms.