Pokies - Take 'em out!
Over 800 sign petition
This is a huge majority of Coober
Pedians - the Australian Electoral Commission website shows
that at the recent Federal election a total of 904 formal and informal
votes were cast at the Coober Pedy polling booth.
Mr Boro Rapaic, prime mover of the No Pokies for
Coober Pedy movement, said that, in addition, he is in the process of
obtaining letters of support from local clubs and organisations and
He anticipates Mr Nick Xenophon, No Pokies MP
in the SA Parliament Upper House, will make another visit to Coober
Pedy soon, when a local formal steering committee will be established, and
a website launched.
The photo that has started a mild blog rash
(Courtesy Wallace Craig, Midland, Texas)
Behold the single most puzzling bumper sticker in Texan history
I am pleased to take on noble causes all over the world! Please help
support the downtrodden gamblers of the Outback. For more info on
"No Pokies" I refer you to The
Coober Pedy News.
What would be the point of pokies in Coober Pedy? Is it just for the
locals, or do they think people will drive from Oodnadatta to
gamble-away their hard-earned money?
I must note that I spent two days in Coober Pedy a couple years ago.
It was really cool. No, wait, it was not cool, since it
was near Christmas, and the place is in a damned desert. I believe it
hit 40C while we were there. But it was really interesting.
from which the following is reproduced:
Winning the Jackpot
In the Productivity Commission's final report on the Australian gaming
industry, the Productivity Commission made reference to a 'Black Rhino'
gaming machine which is popular in many gaming venues.
Calculations made by the Commission using this example resulted in the
Commission concluding that - in order to win the jackpot on this gaming
machine, a consumer would need to make 6.7 million button presses, with
391 days of continuous play (24 hours a day) and spend A$330,000. Even
then, the probability of winning the jackpot is still only 50 per cent.
Obviously, gaming industry representatives including Star City Casino,
ACIL and the Australian Casino Association argued that the Productivity
Commission's representation of 'Black Rhino' showed a poor understanding
of how gaming machines actually worked, however the Commission later
proved that their calculations were correct.
The Australian Productivity Commission reported in 1999 that Australia has
more than 21 per cent of the world's gaming machines, 290,000 Australians
(2 per cent) are "problem gamblers" and they account for over
A$3 billion in losses annually.
These 290,000 Australians directly affect an estimated 3 million people (1
in every 5 Australians) as a result of crime, bankruptcy, divorce, suicide
and lost time at work.
The Victoria Casino and Gaming Authority Longitudinal Community Impact
Study, 1999 Report outlines that 82 per cent of Victorians are concerned
about the impact of gambling. In Victoria, the share of all gaming machine
players who have significant gambling problems is 27.2 per cent - 1 in 4
(3.6 to be exact) people.
The Australian Productivity Commission also reported in 1999 that total
losses on gambling amounted to over A$11 billion of which A$3.5 billion is
paid in taxation from a turnover of some A$95 billion. The Australian
government rely heavily on this taxation.
Nearly 70 per cent of gambling taxation revenue is collected in two
jurisdictions - New South Wales and Victoria - and the largest source of
revenue is from gaming machines.
A humorous but profound economic
lesson in tax cuts - Courtesy of The
Right Scale Tuesday December 7, 2004
Let's put tax cuts in terms everyone can understand. Suppose that every day,
ten men go out for dinner. The bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid
their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:
The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh $7.
The eighth $12.
The ninth $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.
So, that's what they decided to do. The ten men ate dinner in the restaurant
every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the
owner threw them a curve.
"Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to
reduce the cost of your daily meal by $20."
So, now dinner for the ten only cost $80. The group still wanted to pay their
bill the way we pay our taxes.
So, the first four men were unaffected. They would still eat for free. But
what about the other six, the paying customers? How could they divvy up the
$20 windfall so that everyone would get his 'fair share'?
The six men realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted
that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each
end up being 'PAID' to eat their meal.
So, the restaurant owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's
bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each
The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% savings).
The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).
Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to
eat for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their
savings. "I only got a dollar out of the $20," declared the sixth
man. He pointed to the tenth man "but he got $10!"
"Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a
dollar, too. It's unfair that he got ten times more than me!"
"That's true!!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $10
back when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!"
"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison. "We
didn't get anything at all.. The system exploits the poor!"
The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.
The next night the tenth man didn't show up for dinner, so the nine sat down
and ate without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered
something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for
even half of the bill!
And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax
system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a
tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just
may not show up at the table anymore. There are lots of good restaurants in
Europe and the Caribbean.
David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Economics
536 Brooks Hall
University of Georgia
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Town Mosquito Control
Tenants with rainwater tanks have been issued with a
small disposable container of liquid Paraffin
oil for addition to their rainwater tank
to help control mosquitoes. Rainwater
tanks that have been emptied should also
have the oil placed in them. This is safe to
use and will not taint the water. Full
instructions are with the bottle. Facilities
will be attending to the unoccupied
If anyone has any concerns or queries, please contact the DSCW Help
Desk on 86743266. Any other areas that
collect water, such as old tyres and
containers, should be drained. If the residents
in town all combine in a community
effort, we should see a marked reduction in
mosquito numbers and enjoy the evenings
a lot more.
Woomera Prohibited Area - Trials
2005 is shaping up to be a busy time for
the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA)
with eighteen activities currently booked
for range time. Some of the activities will include JAXA
NEXST 1, 2nd rocket launch,
Army/AOSG Helicopter test & evaluation
trials (T&E), AOSG air ground missile
firings, Army ground based air defence
exercises, RAAF/DSTO countermeasure
T&E, AOSG/DSTO GPS trials, RAAF
countermeasure detection training, JALO
explosive/ordnance demolition, UK
Army/DSTL hot equipment test/trials,
ASRI Small Sounding Rocket Program,
Army driver training exercises, UK/AOSG balloon trials, vehicle testing
UAV trials and 3 Scramjet rocket launches.
Any questions regarding range or airfield
activities are to be directed to DSCW
Ranges Group staff on 08 8674 3211.
Residents are reminded, any person
wishing to enter the Woomera Prohibited Area
(WPA) must obtain permission before
entering the area.
Approval also needs to be gained from the Pastoral Station owner
of the lease they wish to access.
Authorisation needs to be obtained from both
parties before access is approved.
All requests for permission to enter should be
directed to the Defence Support Centre
Woomera (DSCW) for the attention of
the Area Administrator Woomera.
Any person found in the WPA unlawfully
is liable to prosecution in accordance with
DFR35. Penalties for being unlawfully in
the WPA range from fines to imprisonment
Golf tee off - Woomera style
The dog-gone councillor
disappeared from the chambers
The November District Council of Coober Pedy meeting was
getting bogged down in the discussion of determining the areas where dogs
could be exercised free of leash. It had drifted into the kind of
dogs councillors owned, and attributes of dog breeds, and how they exercised
But the areas were finally determined and the motion
was put and voted in. And then Councillor Mike Maylin got up without leave or
explanation and walked out of the chambers.
On his return minutes later he announced boldly, as if under
compulsion to explain his disappearance,
"I just went and asked me dog and he said it's
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