Hume City Council Candidate Responses - Alliance for Gambling Reform

Hume City 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?

Paul Campbell Aitken Understanding we will struggle to eradicate these horrid machines I basically stand for everything that will bring tighter control on how and for how long people can access them. Any limitations and restrictions that can be imposed I fully support, having seen the worst of what happens to families and individuals with gambling addictions.
On the topic of sports gambling advertising I see this as a very separate issue and too complex to explain my position a brief paragraph so as a short answer I'm not on board with this 100%, but do have an opinion on how it could be better regulated so there is less unwanted exposure to it.
Roshan  Silva Aitken 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'
Golda Zogheib  Aitken The serious effects of gambling not only impact the finances of an individual, but are also seen through the loss of physical and mental health, relationships, work performance and self-esteem. We need to treat gambling as a public health issue through the mental-ill health. Maximise community awareness of and engagement with poker machine venue application, I support the banning of all sports gambling advertisements and Reduce venue opening hours. 
Juan Carlos Rodriguez-Deller Jacksons Creek All the policies are important and I will strongly support.
My main aim is to reduce the number of venues with pokie machines and their operating hours & make sure education programs to educate individuals on the effects of gambling on families, work, individual lives & health and the community in general are increased and promoted and targeted to specific groups like school children. As part of their curriculum, there should be at least one hour oper week to address these issues.
Sheriden Tate Meadow Valley Undecided I support all of the policies and I agree that future poker machine should not be permitted on Council land,  there should be a freeze on existing poker machine numbers, a move to phase out poker machines and support for the transition away from gambling use by existing venues and disallowing licence to be granted for term greater than 2 years or in perpetuity
Phillip Di Biase Meadow Valley Pokies should be reduced in hours of operation, and in the percent they are allowed to rort people and much much more
Karen Sherry Meadow Valley To support the transition away from gambling use by existing venues
Nazim El-Bardouh  Meadow Valley All of them