From the Australian Financial Review ($)
Handouts to low-income earners under the federal government’s carbon tax scheme have led to a surge in gaming revenues at pubs and clubs, prompting calls for the compensation to be paid as credits rather than cash.
Poker machine revenues in Queensland jumped more than 7 per cent in May – when the first Clean Energy payments went out – and rose almost 12 per cent in June year on year, according to Queensland Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation figures. Other states are yet to release electronic gaming machine revenues for June, but in local government areas such as Bendigo, they rose 8.6 per cent in May – well above the Victorian average of 1.4 per cent.
Here is a graph showing that change.
Then there is Pickering’s take.