Tag: political donations
Pokies: joyless, nasty, and on the way out?
This post gives a shout out to hotel owners who are ditching their pokies to create a more family-friendly atmosphere. And to executives of registered clubs who are resisting pressure to make gambling the heart and sole of the business plan for registered clubs: see here and here. Let’s be honest: pokies (also known as…
Democracy is not a spectator sport: more on campaign finance and public health
In October 2015, at the Oceania Tobacco Control Conference, Professor Mike Daube, one of Australia’s best-known public health advocates, gave the closing address. He wore a tie given to him some years ago by an American colleague. It read: “Democracy is not a spectator sport”. On the back were the words: “Made exclusively for Philip…
Campaign finance: a neglected public health issue
Enjoying the Australian election? Of course you aren’t. But campaign finance and political donations are a neglected public health issue. A few years ago I asked the Chairman of an Australian tobacco company “Why do you do it? Why give political donations at all?” “[F]or the same reasons as Westfield or anyone else”, he answered. …