Two proposed high roller casinos will exclude Tasmanians as a condition of their licensing says the state government.
In the government's Future of Gaming in Tasmania Public Consultation Paper 2020, released on Tuesday, it was revealed two high roller non-resident casino licences would be made available in Tasmania under new gaming legislation due to be introduced in Parliament this year.
One is to be offered to MONA founder David Walsh in the South with a second licence to be for the North or North-West.
Mr Walsh declined a request for comment.
A government spokesperson said the requirement to limit access to non-Tasmanian residents to these casinos would be a condition of the licence.
"The mechanism by which this is achieved by the operator would be subject to approval by the Tasmanian Liquor and Gaming Commission," the spokesperson said.
"The Liquor and Gaming Branch of Treasury would put in place a compliance program requiring venues to provide evidence that they are meeting this requirement and compliance would be monitored by the branch on behalf of the commission with penalties in place for compliance breaches."
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The spokesperson said Tasmanians would be able to participate in high roller table gambling within and outside Tasmania at existing casinos.
"The proposal by MONA is for a unique high roller casino targeting a specific component of the gaming market and designed to attract high value travellers to Tasmania," the spokesperson said.
A second high roller casino for the North or North-West of the state is not guaranteed in the consultation paper.
"[It] would be subject to analysis. Any proposal would only be progressed if it was demonstrated to be in the best interests of the state," the spokesperson said.
"The market will only develop a proposal and bid for a second high roller casino if it considers such a casino viable which would be a matter for the market to determine."
The consultation paper has been criticised by other members of Parliament, particularly due to its lack of harm minimisation strategies.
The government spokesperson said Tasmania's harm minimisation framework was regarded nationally as a best practice model but Nelson independent MLC Meg Webb said there was no evidence these strategies have actually reduced problem gambling in the state.
"By pouring more money into the same ineffective strategies, exactly what does the government expect to achieve?" Ms Webb said.
"The government's proposal puts political donors ahead of the wellbeing of Tasmanians and ignores all the evidence on what actually works to minimise harm and addiction."
Labor law spokeswoman Ella Haddad said her party's focus remained on harm minimisation.
"We will be bringing amendments to the Parliament to make sure there is a harm minimisation focus in any legislation that is brought forward," Ms Haddad said.
Ms Haddad said Labor was consulting with experts as to what this harm minimisation focused legislation would look like.
Greens leader Cassy O'Connor said no matter how much money the gambling industry returned to be invested in harm reduction there would be an increase in harm due to the Liberals' policy.
"Harm minimisation is like trying to put a shine on a cow pat when you've got a Liberal government policy that will increase the number of poker machines and keep them in communities for the next quarter of a century," Ms O'Connor said.
Ms O'Connor said the consultation paper was a sham.
"You can tell from the consultation document that the government has already made up its mind," she said.
"It made commitments to the gambling industry before the last state election in return for masses of donations.
"I can't see how this consultation will change anything given the Liberals' absolute determination to give effect to their gaming machine policy."