This would be funny if it weren’t so tragic:
Pokies [that's ocker Aussie slang for gaming machines - Ed] have swallowed a chunk of the federal government’s carbon tax compensation, new figures suggest.
Revealed today by The Australian Financial Review, the figures show handouts to low-income earners under the scheme have led to surges in gaming revenues from pubs and clubs in Queensland and Victoria.
They show that there was a 7 per cent rise in poker machine revenues in Queensland in May when the government’s first clean energy payment was made to eligible people.
And the following month poker machine revenue rose by almost 12 per cent in the state on a year-by-year basis. (source)
Just another unintended consequence of old fashioned socialist interventionism.