Bass Coast Shire Council Candidate Responses - Alliance for Gambling Reform

Bass Coast Shire Council Candidate Responses

Candidate Responses

First Name

Last Name


Do you support reducing the opening hours of poker machine venues?

Do you support local governments having greater say on the granting or refusing applications for poker machines in their respective communities?
Do you support the banning of all sports gambling ads?

Will you pledge to not take any donations from venues or organisations that derive income from gambling interests?


Will you commit to reducing gambling harm in your LGA?


Which of the policies
referred to in our Candidate Information Pack do you support?

What is your position on poker machine policy?

Michael Nugent Bunurong I support all the policies referred to in the Candidate Information Pack. 
I agree with Bass Coast Shire Council’s May 2020 decision that it:
1. Affirms the Australian Local Government association commitment to support the city of Yarra Notice of Motion in calling on the Federal Government to:
 a. Establish a Royal Commission into the gambling industry and the $24 billion in annual gambling losses nationally, the highest in the world in per capita terms.
b. Embrace national harm minimisation policies to reduce gambling harm in Australia such as;
i. Following the lead of the UK Labour Party in supporting a ban on credit card usage with Australian licensed online gambling companies;
 ii. Introducing further restrictions on gambling advertising, emulating the approach taken with the tobacco industry;
 iii. Establishing a national ombudsman scheme to process consumer complaints and resolve customer disputes with online gambling companies;
 iv. Introducing a ban on federally registered political parties from owning gambling licenses issued by Australian governments, including for the operation of poker machine venues
 2. Calls on the Federal Government, through support of the Australian Local Government Association, to investigate the gambling industry’s influence on the democratic process, including political donations and third party campaigning;
3. Resolves to not accept any corporate sponsorship for council based activities from gambling/gaming entities, without exception.
 4. Write to the Mayor of Frankston City Council advising them of council’s decision.
Ash Belsar Island Happy to support anything that reduces the social harm casued by gambling.
David Rooks Island  To not hold council events or activities at
gambling venues
To not make council grants available to
venues or organisations that operate EGMs
To not allow future poker machine on Council
land, and plan and support the transition
away from gambling use by existing venues
To make organisations that operate EGMs
ineligible for rates discounts. Discarding the phrases 'responsible
gambling' and 'problem gambling' from
council documents and discussions. These
phrases reinforce stigma by placing
responsibility for gambling harm and
addiction on the individual instead of on the
systems and structures in place that enable
gambling harm
Shift to the public health narrative of
referring to 'gambling harm'
Bruce Kent Western Port I hate gambling adds of any type. Should not be allowed as the influence of changing acceptance by continuous in the face is huge on any age group. The small print, 'Responsible Gambling Warning' at the end of advertising is ridiculous. This is just a cop out by both the advertiser and the State Government. Some of our Regional Licenced Clubs such as RSL's and sporting clubs return huge support to the community but at what cost to gamblers and their families? These clubs should be assisted in transitioning away from offering gambling. This may require financial assistance to address community welfare needs and advocating to all levels of government.   
Geoff Ellis Western Port I'm from Sydney. Pokies have been ruining lives up there since 1956. This needs to stop. 
Rochelle Halstead Western Port  I support a Council Social Policy and Planning & Enforcement Policy.