You Can Do It Coles!
To the Board of Wesfarmers & Coles-
We all know the harm that pokies are causing to the Australian community. Over $12 billion is lost annually but more worryingly, pokies actively cause addiction, depression and poverty, whilst also increasing the rates of family violence.
This is not a product any family-friendly business should be associated with, which is why I'm excited by the news that Wesfarmers, as the owner of Coles, is looking to get out of the pokies business.
By divesting entirely from poker machines and venues, you'd be sending a strong message to the industry and your competitor, Woolworths, that pokies are a toxic business.
More than that, you'd no longer be profiting from a product that, through its design, hurts our community.
Take a stand to prevent the social harm caused by poker machines.
Publicly commit to get out of the pokie business!