Maribyrnong City Council Candidate Responses - Alliance for Gambling Reform

Maribyrnong 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?

Chay Granger River ward I support all of them. This is a great initiative, keep up the good work. If I'm voted in I will be very eager to chat about getting more action on the issue.
Liz  Walsh River I think you've made some really wonderful suggestions for council poker machine policy. The council must stand up for the public health of its residents and i agree, this is a public health issue. I particularly like the very tangible position that councils should not give rate discounts or grants to venues that have ECMs. The other point about helping venues to transition away from pokies is also important. And finally, i agree that its important that we have councils that advocate for their residents rights and health and don't just think there only concerns are roads, rates and rubbish.
Jorge Andres Jorquera Yarraville I think Australia has a globally shameful history of government policy around gambling laws. The revenue governments get from gambling are a hidden tax on working people, worse than most, for the additional health impact. I would campaign for Maribyrnong council policy that financially penalises all gambling venues and supports non gambling venues financially and in marketing terms. I also support additional funding for ongoing education and support around gambling and gambling addiction. Finally, I believe that to properly tackle gambling issues, councils and governments have to take on the fundamental issues of poverty, unemployment, low pensions, low wages and social isolation - those issues that drive so many into their gambling addictions.
Simon Crawford Yarraville I support all policies that result in harm minimisation. I think it is important to work with pokie venue owners/operators to support them to reduce harm minimisation within their facilities and support those who have been impacted.
Andrew Charles Stony Creek I support gambling organisations being ineligible for rates discounts, council grants and council contracts such as catering and events. Gambling with credit should be prohibited. Gambling corporations should have to pay for the social cost of gambling.  
Grace Girardi Yarraville The Greens have a gambling policy that recognises the harm of gambling and seeks to minimise that harm, particularly the damage done to the community by poker machines.  It can be found here  As a Greens candidate I support this policy.
Bernadette Thomas Stony Creek Gambling harm is a serious public health issue. Every day over $156,000 is lost to gambling in the Maribyrnong municipality. Council should be working towards making sure Council events/activities are not held in these venues, and that funding/grants/rates discounts are not provided to, gambling venues. Any applications for poker machine venues should be accompanied by a social and economic impact assessment to determine the impact on the local community. Local governments and communities need a greater say in the number of poker machines in their communities.
Rajdeep Kaur  Kang  Stony creek ward  I support the Council Social policy and believe that 'gambling harm' is a better narrative and important to highlight this issue.
I was unaware and shocked to know how much money is being lost from our community to these poker machines. I think that poker machines should not be advertised and councils should always support health of our community over profits and not support poker machines. Also this should be taken as a serious issue. Thank you for highlighting the statistics as it gave me a shock and allowed me to understand the extent of this issue. 
Megan Bridger-Darling Stony Creek No council events at gaming venues. I second the motion that Cr Micha Coleman introduced at the ALGWA conference last year to have that included in the by-laws for conferences.  (It was held at Rooty Hill). Maximising the public awareness of what gambling harm looks like in our community. Ensuring that businesses with EGM's do not qualify for rates discounts. And advocating for the cap of EGM numbers to remain where it is.  I agree with most all the policies, but I'd just be cut and pasting :)
Susan Yengi River Ward Advocacy.  I think there needs to be tighter restrictions on business operators with Poker machines.