..Pokies binge follows hand-out
CHRISTMAS came early to Victoria's poker machine operators with punters' losses soaring in December.
Figures released yesterday appear to confirm anecdotal evidence that much of the Federal Government's cash hand-out was spent on gambling.
Kevin Rudd Thursday kind of funny, but kind of notLast month, some Melbourne pokies' venue operators said turnover on the machines had been up by up to 40 per cent on the day of the hand-outs.
"We called it Kevin Rudd Thursday," a manager said.
The Federal Government paid out $8.7 billion in December, with Victorians receiving about $2.2 billion.
Single pensioner and seniors health card holders received a one-off $1400; every pensioner couple $2100; every carer an extra $1000 for each person in their care; and each family receiving Family Tax Benefit Part A an extra $1000 for every child in their care.