Claims by the ABC that I said that 5,100 jobs would be lost as a result of the Labor-Green pokie policy are wrong.
As I have repeatedly said, and as our policy states:
"The gaming industry estimates that around 5,000 jobs are at risk if Electronic Gaming Machines are removed from pubs and clubs."
In making their claim, the so-called Fact Checker "imputes" I said that 5,000 jobs would be lost. That is wrong.
What I am reported by the ABC as saying is “The impact of taking poker machines out of pubs and clubs would cost thousands of jobs, and the industry, as you know, have said that they estimate that around 5,000 jobs would be affected.”
For a fact-checker to "impute" its central claim calls into doubt its independence and veracity.
ABC’s Fact Checker should check the facts.
Regardless, what we do know is that industry also says that they believe 1,000 of those 5,000 jobs will be lost almost immediately.
I also note that in the so-called Fact Checker report Saul Eslake is now reported as saying he believes job losses are "unlikely to amount to more than 1,000."
Whether the number be 1,000, 3,000 or 5,000 - we make no apologies for standing up for the jobs of hard-working Tasmanians.