Give the Community a Say on Poker Machines! - Alliance for Gambling Reform

Give the Community a Say on Poker Machines!

Dear Premier Gladys Berejiklian,

Clubs have proven time and time again that they cannot be trusted to act responsibly and assist those most vulnerable to gambling harm.

This became painfully obvious for the NSW community with the recent and tragic death of Gary Van Duinen. Had Dee Why RSL behaved responsibly and ethically, this could have been prevented.

It's clear that clubs & pubs cannot be trusted with the poker machines they already have.

It is wrong that under the current Local Impact Assessment scheme, Councils are not part of the process when deciding on applications for new machines in their area. 

At the very least, Councils should have the right to say "NO" to more pokies.

It is essential that the community's best interests are the priority when it comes to the management of poker machines, rather than the profits of NSW's hotels and clubs.

Local governments need to have the final say on poker machine increases to protect their community from the predatory behaviour of pokie operators. 

 

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We were shocked to learn about the tragic suicide of Gary Van Duinen after his vulnerability was exploited for the sake of profits by the Dee Why RSL. But what this tragedy has demonstrated is how broken the management of poker machines is in New South Wales. 

Every day, we see the harm that poker machines cause in NSW and now, pokie profits are forecasted to increase by 12% by 2021. 

It's clear that clubs & pubs cannot be trusted with the poker machines they already have- at the very least, Council needs to have the right to say "NO" to more pokies.

As Peter Fitzsimons rightly said about Gary's death, "Let this tragic case actually count for something!" 

Clubs have proven time and time again that they do not act responsibly and assist those most vulnerable to gambling harm. Instead of intervening when Gary was stuck in front of the pokies- Dee Why RSL bought him drinks, his favourite cigarettes and kept detailed records of him- anything to keep him in front of a poker machine.

The behaviour of Clubs cannot continue like this: unapologetically predatory and without facing sufficient consequences.

Local governments need to have the final say on poker machine increases to protect their community from the predatory behaviour of pokie operators. Sign the petition!