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

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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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.

Victorian councils have better rights on behalf of their citizens than NSW councils. Victorian councils can zone parts of their area as no-go zones for poker machines, to minimize 'opportunistic gambling'. They have the right to appeal any decision by the Victorian Commission on Gambling and Liquor Regulation. NSW council can't do that, but are required by law to protect the health of their residents. How can they protect their residents without any say in one of the most dangerous products on the market in NSW?

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!