Auckland has 250 licenced gambling venues. Problem gambling destroys families and leads to crime. So, it’s only natural that the government would want to encourage more gambling, eh? SkyCity wants to build a $350m casino/convention centre but only if it gets a law change. Key has agreed to the law change. Calls it progress.
This isn’t the first time the Nats have put the law up for sale. We all remember the Warner Bros shakedown. Chris Hipkins points out the stupidity in making a law change for a gambling company at the same time as Kiwirail workers lose their jobs because National refused to change its procurement policy:
“It’s ironic that National aren’t willing to back local companies like KiwiRail … but when one of the private sector corporates clicks their fingers, it seems there isn’t anything John Key won’t do to please them.”
National doesn’t believe in real jobs like manufacturing. Picking the pockets of gamblers (Key claims they’ll mostly be foreigners, so that’s alright) is more in line with National’s economic vision.