Victoria Needs Policies to Reduce Pokie Harm!
Dear Members of Parliament-
Victoria is home to 26,372 pokies with a $5 maximum bet. It's no wonder that last year, Victorian's lost $2.61 billion to poker machines. That's the equivalent to $7,149,397 every day or $542 per Victorian adult annually.
We need a strong policy response which is why this coming election, I want to see you adopt into policy:
1) A maximum $1 bet for poker machines
2) Reduced operating hours for pokie venues
3) Banning "Losses disguised as wins"
This would significantly limit the financial losses and consequently, the harm caused by poker machines including addiction, poverty, depression and increased rates of family violence.
We urgently need poker machine policy reform: adopt these measures into your election policy!