Victoria is home to 26,372 poker machines with a $5 maximum bet. As a state, we lose $7,149,397 every day.
Over the last financial year Victoria lost $2.61 billion to pokies. To put that another way, it's the equivalent to $542 per adult in Victoria annually.
Victoria’s least affluent suburbs lose six times more to poker machines than the most affluent postcodes. The gambling operators are clearly exploiting communities that are already highly stressed, and that can least afford the additional problems poker machines create.
However, we are lucky in Victoria to see the pokie problem being actively tackled by the Alliance's Leadership Councils: Banyule, Brimbank, Darebin, Greater Dandenong, Hume, Kingston, Knox, Melbourne, Monash, Moreland, Whittlesea, and Wyndham. We're looking forward to continuing to act together to overcome the harm that Victoria experiences as a result of poker machines.
We've had some fantastic wins in Victoria, but we need to keep the pressure on!
Ongoing state-wide campaigns:
- Demand the Victorian government choose a side: pokies or people. Click here to sign the petition
- The data on gambling harm is out- Victoria lost $2.6 billion. Sign the petition or write to the Minister of Gaming demanding reform
- Pokies are increasing the risk of family violence and we're demanding the Ministers' stand up for women: Sign the petition
Hume City Council is screening the documentary Ka-Ching, which will be followed by a Q&A panel:
- Tim Costello AO, Chief Advocate of World Vision Australia;
- Associate Professor Samantha Thomas from Deakin University;
- Haidi Badawi, Board Member of United Nations Association of Australia (Victorian Division) and Board Director at Women With Disabilities Victoria;
- David Efron, a community educator with lived experience of problem gambling.
- Where: Hume Global Learning Centre - Broadmeadows 1093 Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows
- When: Thursday 17 May 2018, 6pm - 9pm.
- Click here to see the flyer!
- Berwick: Sign the petition or write to the VCGLR
- Hume: email the Ministers to prevent more pokies
- Moreland: Ask for a Resident Action Kit
- Officer: Sign the petition
- Whittlesea: Sign up for a Residential Action Kit