Tasmanian Labor has guaranteed its support for the "rights" of venues to continue operating poker machines as part of a deal with the state's hospitality association.
Just hours after Labor leader Rebecca White refused to publicly release the memorandum of understanding with the Tasmanian Hospitality Association on Wednesday, the party subsequently changed its mind.
The document outlines Labor's agreement with the THA to "share the goal of improving the performance and productivity of the hospitality industry", including the party's support of an owner/operator model for clubs and pubs.
The agreement "supports the rights of pubs and clubs to operate gaming machines along with other gambling products such as Keno, sport and racing betting as well as other forms of legal gaming products".
Labor and the THA agree "to work together on the development of potential, viable harm minimisation measures for gaming products", but that these measures "need to be workable for the industry".
The THA ran the Love Your Local campaign against Labor at the 2018 state election in response to the party's policy of restricting pokies to casinos.
In a statement, Tasmanian Labor said the memorandum of understanding was "consistent with our publicly stated policy position".
Earlier on Wednesday, Ms White was questioned about the document after it had been leaked to the media.
She said Labor had "struck a number of agreements with industry and stakeholders" and this was no different.
"I've given the public the commitment that our policy around harm minimisation will be our policy," Ms White said.
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"I've made that clear for a number of years now, and recognising the fact that that's the most important thing we need to do to protect those people who are most at risk of the harms from gambling is to ensure that there's a robust framework in place that's around harm minimisation."
The Liberal Government promised pokies reform during the current term of government, but has not released legislation. The government also has not detailed the tax rate for Federal Group's pokies as part of the end of the monopoly model.
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Independent MLC Meg Webb, who has been a long-term advocate for the removal of poker machines, said the pokies industry had already won from the election.
"Labor has joined the Liberal party in prioritising the interest of the pokies industry and their own electoral self-interest while putting the best interests of the Tasmanian community a distant last," she said.
"Where is the MOU with the Tasmanian people, those that they claim to represent, to deliver responsible, safe, evidence-based policy when it comes to poker machines?
"Labor's claims to be focussed on harm minimisation are shown to be a complete sham by the detail in this MOU. They have effectively given the industry a continued veto power over any future harm minimisation measures."
Ms White also did not say whether the party had received donations from the hospitality sector, but agreed to disclose donations above $5000, in line with the Liberal Party's commitment.