Christian Porter’s seat of Pearce could be under threat if the swing is on at the next federal poll. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Libs need to mend some fences

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his cabinet ministers will face a major fence-mending exercise to rebuild the Liberal Party vote when they make a rare visit to Perth next month.


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Bill Shorten cannot believe his luck at the lack of concrete action by Morrison on this issue

Scott Morrison got it a completely wrong with his recent comments that poker machine harm should not be considered when carving up the GST for the states. Australians are the world's biggest gamblers per capita, dropping $23 billion a year. Pokies deliver about half of those losses, along with the associated crime, family breakdown and widespread community harm. Western Australian should be getting bonus payments from Canberra for not unleashing pokies on their community. Why give an incentive for state-sponsored abuse of citizens? Congratulations to all sides of politics in WA for holding the line against pokies and keep fighting for your fair share of the GST. Stephen Mayne Alliance for Gambling Reform Melbourne

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