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Losing Streak : How Tasmania was gamed by the gambling industry - James Boyce

Losing Streak

How Tasmania was gamed by the gambling industry

Paperback Published: 14th March 2017
ISBN: 9781863959100
Number Of Pages: 192

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The story begins with the toppling of a premier, and ends with David Walsh, the man behind MONA, taking an eccentric stand against pokie machines and the political status quo.

It is a story of broken politics and back-room deals. It shows how giving one company the licence to all the poker machines in Tasmania has led to several hundred million dollars of profits (mainly from problem gamblers) being diverted from public use, through a series of questionable and poorly understood deals.

Losing Streak is a meticulous, compelling case study in governance failure, which has implications for pokies reform throughout Australia.

About the Author

James Boyce is the acclaimed author of Van Diemen’s Land, 1835 and Born Bad. His books have been shortlisted for almost every major Australian literary award and he has won the Tasmania Book Prize on two occasions. He is also a professional social worker, who worked for many years in social policy and research and has been involved in the poker-machine debate for nearly twenty years.

Dirty deals exposed.....


Behind the scenes wheeling and dealing on a big scale to the detriment of an entire community. Every allegation made is supported by publicly available and referenced documents.



A must-read for every Tasmanian


It is interesting as a history of the establishment of poker machines and deserves to be read in the context of changes proposed under the 2018 state election.

North-West Tasmania




Lays out how successive State Governments are corrupted by a, seemingly, ruthless, greedy and self-serving company to the absolute detriment and against the wishes of the people they serve. Disgraceful expose which absolutely needs to be told.

Hobart Tasmania


Losing Streak

5.0 3


ISBN: 9781863959100
ISBN-10: 1863959106
Series: Redback
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 14th March 2017
Publisher: Black Inc.
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 12.8  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.25