Victorians lose 2.7 billion a year from pokies
Dear Minister Kairouz,
The data is out and Victorians are losing $2.7 BILLION a year from poker machines. That's an average of $7.4m every day in 2018-2019.
Australians lose more to gambling per capita than anyone else in the world. This is not business as usual - this is a serious problem that requires urgent action.
This is a national disgrace and I want to see Victoria become the leader in poker machine reform. We need our policy to protect the community.
Our most vulnerable communities are experiencing the highest losses and this has got to change. Our gambling policies should prioritise people, not pokies! Before us, there's a once in a generation opportunity to make substantial reforms and protect our communities from further harm.
You say that you've worked hard to introduce policies to reduce the harm - but the data speaks for itself.
I am demanding that you do better.
Let's make Victoria a leader in poker machine reforms in Australia.