The Australian Conservatives have pointed to a massive policy contradiction from Nick Xenophon’s SA Best party.
Its newest candidate has confirmed that SA Best will not support a complete ban on poker machines in pubs and clubs, despite an earlier assurances from Xenophon that his party’s pokies policy would “worry” the Australian Hotels Association.
Indaily report newly announced candidate for Schubert, Paul Brown, told a state election forum it was not “a realistic ambition” to ban pokies in hotel venues saying, “You can’t remove pokies from every hotel and pub but you can have some control".
Brown was announced as the Xenophon party’s newest candidate on Wednesday morning.
Australian Conservatives MLC Robert Brokenshire says the SA Best candidate’s confirmation of the policy as a “huge admission.
"So here we have another backflip from Xenophon and on the very issue that he promised the state to deal with.
"The Former Senator tries to play the anti-politician card but he is a career politician who trained as a lawyer chased membership with both major parties and who has been flipping and flopping between state and federal politics for more than a decade.
"His policies do not hold up under scrutiny not even the one that he built his career on," Mr Brokenshire said.