council candidates commit to reduce gambling harm - Alliance for Gambling Reform

council candidates commit to reduce gambling harm

16th October 2020

Candidates in the 2020 Victorian Local Government Election have signalled a clear commitment to reducing harm from gambling in their respective areas.

The Alliance for Gambling Reform surveyed candidates on their views on reducing harm in the lead up to council elections and found that an overwhelming majority of surveyed candidates, if elected would put into place policies that address harm at a council level and also advocate to the state and federal government to reform the industry during their term of office.

“Throughout the COVID-19 venue closures Victorians have saved over $1.5 billion from not being spent at the pokies. Now more than ever, it is important that we have local Councillors that will protect their residents from gambling harm.” said Tony Mohr, Executive Director of the Alliance for Gambling Reform

Around 600 candidates across Victoria responded to the survey on the Alliance for Gambling Reform’s Policy Guide for Local Governments. The key results from the survey are:

  • 96% believed that opening hours should be reduced in venues
  • 98% believed that local governments should have a greater say in the application process for more Electronic Gaming Machines (EGM's)
  • 91% supported gambling ads being banned
  • 99% pledged to not take donations from the gambling industry
  • 99% committed to reducing gambling harm in their LGA

“We are looking forward to working with elected Councillors to address gambling harm at a local level and to advocate to our other levels of government to minimise harm throughout Victoria” Tony Mohr said. 

“Reducing gambling venue opening hours, banning inducements and loyalty schemes are just some of the policies for preventing harm from gambling when poker machine venues re-open.”

“Voters can view responses from candidates in their area, to see who will stand up for them against gambling harm before they put in their vote,” he said.

View all the survey responses at: https://www.pokiesplayyou.org.au/local_government

For media inquiries contact Tony Mohr on tony@agr.org.au or 0402 336 416