In the lead up to the State Government election, Council is calling on all political parties to introduce changes to reduce the harm associated with pokies.
The Pokies Play Whittlesea campaign demands:
1. Fewer poker machines
The State Government has given permission for another 199 poker machines in the municipality. We want this revoked and to have no additional poker machines in the City of Whittlesea.
2. Reduced operating hours
Gaming venues can operate 20 hours a day and many local venues are open until 5am. We urge the government to introduce a mandatory shutdown of poker machine venues between 2am and 8am.
3. ‘Con–free’ machines
Poker machines are designed to addict and rigged to con the user to keep playing. Machine designs should:
- Remove losses disguised as wins, linked jackpots and free spins
- Have a $1 maximum bet per spin (and maximum loss of $120 per hour)
- Slow spin rates
Sign the petition to send a message to decision-makers!