Pokie Payoffs Petition - Alliance for Gambling Reform

Pokie Payoffs Petition

Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten and Richard Di Natale, 

No matter who wins government on July 2, we need to ensure every politician represents people, not pokies. 

Will you support law reform to ensure all payments to politicians are disclosed within 3 months, and donations from the gambling industry are banned outright? 

Clubs NSW handed over $2.6 million dollars to Labor and the Coalition between 1999 and 2015, rising and falling as crucial reforms rose up and then where brought down. Policy for the public good fell victim to the $12b a year pokies industry. 

The next Government needs to ensure this never happens again. 

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Research by Monash University has uncovered a systematic effort by Clubs NSW to influence Federal Policy by making large payments to influential Labor and Coalition politicians at the height of policy debate. 

A search of the Australian Electoral Commission political donor records reveals that between July 1999 and June 2015, ClubsNSW declared political donations worth $2,569,181. Almost all of this money went to either the ALP ($886,505) or the Coalition parties ($1,682,676).

A number of individual politicians, or their re-election campaigns, were substantial beneficiaries of ClubsNSW’s largesse after 2010. These included the Coalition’s Craig Laundy ($20,000), Craig Kelly ($6,500), Bob Baldwin ($4,000), and Luke Hartsuyker ($3,000). On the Labor side, the recipients included Joel Fitzgibbon ($8,500), Jason Clare ($9,250), Chris Bowen ($3,700) and Mike Kelly ($3,000).

Read more in the Conversation, Melbourne Age and Sydney Morning Herald. 

The next Government may find itself in a position where it's forced by the NXT and Greens party to have another go at passing tougher laws to reduce the harm caused by the pokies industry. Let's make sure it's hands are not tied by political donations.