Cashless pokies? Not a chance
Dear Minister Kairouz,
Research shows that cashless pokies will drive up losses, thus causing more gambling-related harm. Considering Victoria lost $2.61 billion to poker machines over the last financial year, we need policies which limit, not increase the potential for further pokie harm.
The Productivity Commission identified the risks of cashless gambling — it can disguise the fact that people are losing real money, and may reinforce anonymous, intense and uninterrupted gambling.
It's Victoria's most disadvantaged areas which are the most vulnerable to increased losses as a result of pokies, with increased losses in the City of Casey, Dandenong, Whittlesea, Hume and Geelong. We need policies to minimise, not increase the harm.
Consider my signature a complaint against this proposal. I do not want to see pokie losses increase in my state. You need to put the needs of people before that of the gambling industry's pokies.