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Sadly, what we feared 21 years ago has come to fruition and I agree with many of the letters in today's @smh. https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/carr-s-cavalier-attitude-over-pokies-at-odds-with-many-20180705-p4zpsn.html 

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We knew pokies would have a devastating impact on Sydney's live music as well as people who are addicted to gambling.

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I was in parliament at the time and vehemently opposed the move - as did many in the live music industry.

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Bob Carr is incorrect when he says there was little community opposition to the introduction of pokies in 1997. https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/carr-s-cavalier-attitude-over-pokies-at-odds-with-many-20180705-p4zpsn.html