In the lead up to the State Government election, Council is calling on all political parties to introduce changes to reduce the harm associated with pokies.
The Pokies Play Ballarat campaign demands:
1. Fewer poker machines
Every poker machine in our community causes harm. We need our State Government to pass laws that reduce the amount of pokies.
2. Reduced operating hours
Gaming venues can operate 20 hours a day and many local venues are open until 5am. We urge the government to introduce a mandatory shutdown of poker machine venues between 2am and 8am.
3. ‘Con–free’ machines
Poker machines are designed to addict and rigged to con the user to keep playing. Machine designs should:
- Remove losses disguised as wins, linked jackpots and free spins
- Have a $1 maximum bet per spin (and maximum loss of $120 per hour)
- Slow spin rates
Sign the petition to send a message to decision-makers!