15 Apr 2011
WILKIE ATTACKS CLUBS OVER GUTTER ALLEGATIONS-Based on 1983 incident
CLUBS WANT MONEY FROM THOSE THAT ARE IN MOST NEED
I THOUGHT IN AUSTRALIA IT WAS ALL ABOUT A FAIR GO!
Wilkie raised query about timing of the article about an incident that occurred in 1983
Mr Wilkie questioned the timing of the report in today's Herald Sun.
"This is happening ... against the backdrop of the poker machine industry launching its campaign ... against the government and me personally."
Mr Wilkie said the clubs industry was welcome to keep "bringing the fight up" to him but he was certain his problem gambling reforms would be passed.
"They will happen," he said.
"I will not be intimidated by that campaign against me. I will not be cowed in any way."
Mr Wilkie said it was obvious that his poker machine reform push had instigated a smear campaign against him.
There was a death threat, an email blackmailing him with supposedly compromising photos and reporters were asking questions about his cadet days.
"Three things on the very day the poker machine industry launches a $20 million campaign to turn around these reforms.
"I'm not claiming to be the best analyst in the world but I don't think it takes a very good analyst to draw some conclusions from what started last Monday."
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