A new report from Hobart-based think tank The Australia Institute Tasmania has found that previous estimates of the impact of phasing out Poker machines on employment are inconsistent with recent Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data.
Director of The Australia Institute Tasmania, Leanne Minshull explains to Dave ABS data suggests gambling employment in Tasmania of around 1,500 people, rather than over 4,000 as suggested in the most recent government-commissioned social and economic impact study.
Director of The Australia Institute Tasmania, Leanne Minshull added With the Tasmanian Joint Select Committee on Future Gaming Markets currently considering the future of poker machines, The Australia Institute Tasmania wanted to take a closer look at the economic modelling used for forecasting the impact on employment and GDP.
She says Firstly, there is a massive gulf in the job numbers between the ABS and the number in the report that the Tasmanian Government commissioned.
the Australia Institute Tasmania, is concerned that the government is counting all employment by businesses with a gambling licence as if those jobs are entirely involved in gambling. This is despite the businesses themselves saying only 19% of their employees are working in gambling roles.
The Australia Institute Tasmania research also found that under most models, the cost of Poker machine-related problem gambling (up to $184 million in 2011 dollars) far exceeds revenue from Poker machine-related gambling taxes and fees ($53.4 million in 2016)
The research concludes that more transparent and robust modelling is required to accurately assess the impact to GDP from a phase out of Poker machines.
Find out more on the report at www.tai.org.au