That bloke asks the same question every year. A few years ago he attended (along with his mate activist Stephen Mayne) and tried to hijack the meeting asking numerous questions about Board members (Ian McLeod from memory who was on the Coles board) and their individual connctions to pokie companies.The Pokies came up as a question at tonights AGM.
A very long and detailed question(what is the clubs strategy with them and will be get rid of them) was asked by a guy in the audience.
Essentially both Andrew Bassett and Matt Finnis said the club is right now discussing a long term plan/strategy for the pokies...…….they would prefer that we were out of that side of the business but the harsh reality is that with our current debt situation.....we just have to continue with them for the time being.
They both said the club is trying very hard to be as "socially responsible " with them as possible.
I'm personally hoping that when we are eventually out of debt....we will discontinue them.
Im very comfortable with the Saints stand on social issues..but as was explained tonight, we just cant afford to throw our pokies out for the moment.