Victoria Needs $1 bets
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.
Pokies cause serious harm to Victorian individuals, families, and communities. Research has shown that the impacts of pokies include addiction, poverty and depression and families affected by gambling are three times more likely to experience family violence.
This is not acceptable. We need a Government response that acts to reduce harm!
The Productivity Commission has recommended that pokies have a maximum bet of $1 per button push. This is a common sense policy which would significantly reduce the harm associated with poker machines whilst having little effect on the people who use pokies recreationally.
This election, I want to see you endorse a maximum $1 bet policy for ALL Victorian poker machines.