Victoria Needs $1 bets - Alliance for Gambling Reform

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.

Will you sign?

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Pokies are a serious problem in Victoria! Last year, as a state, we lost $2.6 billion to pokies, which is equivalent to $542 per adult and 64% of the total amount spent by Victorian's on various forms of gambling. Last year, Victorians lost $7,149,397 every single day as a result of poker machines. 

It's clear that pokies are the most destructive and dangerous form of gambling and we need to see an adequate policy response. That's why we want to see MPs and the major parties endorsing $1 bets. This is a common-sense policy which TWO Productivity Commissions have recommended, (1999 and 2010). Coles, a major operator of pokies in Australia also supports this position.

$1 bets will have a serious impact on limiting the losses and consequently, the harm caused by poker machines. Sign the petition to send a strong message to our MPs, support maximum $1 bets for pokies!