When Vaughan McCown, the owner of the Kawerau Pub, was asked whether he thought parents should be playing pokies in the morning he replied:
“…I say no, but that’s my call… and it’s their choice if they come here and play them” (my emphasis)
So McCown does not think it is right to open at 7.30am and have parents gamble. If that is so, why the hell is he doing it? McCown appears to be operating under the idea of profits before people. McCown, as a publican, knows that self control often gives way to gaming impulses. It is exploitation of the worst kind.
I’m grateful One News picked up on this story. I only hope it kicks the community into action.