Scylla and Charybdis…..

23rd October 2010. Scylla and Charybdis were two sea monsters of Greek mythology noted by Homer; later Greek tradition sited them on opposite sides of the Strait of Messina between Sicily and mainland Magna Graecia (southern Italy). They were said to be located close enough to each other that they posed an inescapable threat to passing sailors; avoiding Charybdis meant passing too closely to Scylla and vice versa. Much the same choice will face NSW voters in the coming election, particularly those opposed to the scourge of gambling in our society. NSW Labor’s Gaming and Racing Minister recently reclassified a simulated horse racing game as a wager. This allows the machines into pubs and clubs without sacrificing any of their poker machine licences. The NSW Liberal party meanwhile has promised a $210 million cut in poker machine taxes.

‘The problem with political jokes is they get elected.’

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