Knox City Council Candidate Responses - Alliance for Gambling Reform

Knox 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?

Mark McSpadden Chandler I support the limiting of Poker venues, playing hours and encouraging problem gamblers to get help.
State government issues the licences for venues and machines and thus should be responsible for funding of the fixing of the social consequences caused.
Jude Dwight Chandler I fully support Council Social, Planning and Enforcement, and Advocay policies to mitigate gambling harm. The Alliance for Gambling Reform's #pokiesplayyou campaign is a critical step in addressing manipulative messaging which leads to devastating damage in our communities and homes. Awareness through a multi-faceted approach is absolutely necessary and must involve Local Councils as first level representatives and advocates for community health.
Rosemary Lavin Dinsale  I support all of the policies mentioned in the Candidate Information Pack.  The Animal Justice Party recognises the harm gambling causes to human and non-human animals.   Our "Animals in Entertainment" policy highlights the abuse of animals used for gambling and can be found here:

I will support the poker machine policy to not allow future poker machines on Council land, and plan and support the transition away from gambling use by existing venues."
There are far more negative than positive outcomes with regard to gambling - there is absolutely no need for it and certainly no government body should be benefitting from such a harmful past time.
Christopher Guinane Dobson Support all of them, but as a council candidate i think the most important one is to stop the influence of gaming in community sport.
Andrew Church Scott  Support reducing poker machines 
Rochelle Van Heerden Taylor  I will support the reduction of gambling harm in the community.