The Data's Out!
Dear Minister Kairouz,
The data is out and Victorian's are losing $2.6 BILLION a year from poker machines. That's an average of $7,149,397 every day in 2016-17. Per Victorian adult, $542 is lost, in just one year.
Per capita, Australians lose more to gambling than anyone else in the world. This is not business as usual, this is a serious problem that requires urgent action. This is a national disgrace but I want to see Victoria become the leader in poker machine reform. We need our policy to protect the community.
Our most vulnerable communities are experiencing the highest losses and this has got to change. Our policy should prioritize people, not pokies! The upcoming review of entitlements presents a once in a generation opportunity to make substantial reforms and protect our communities from further harm.
I am demanding that you step up an announce serious policies to reduce gambling harm and losses.
Let's make Victoria a leader in poker machine reforms in Australia!