Moonee Valley City Council Candidate Responses - Alliance for Gambling Reform

Moonee Valley 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?

Claire Schweitzer Buckley I strongly support all of the proposed policies.  I believe that it is our duty to protect our community from harm and this is incredibly true for any type of addictive material.  I pledge not only to regulate and deter all forms of gambling but also to take a more proactive approach is spreading the message about the harm caused by all forms of readily available gambling and ensuring we as a council do everything we can to offer support to those affected by any form of addiction.
Nicola Clark Myrnong I support all policies outlined by the AGR. Not only are EGMs harmful to individuals, families and communities, they disproportionately affect those who are already in vulnerable circumstances. We need local councils driving bold and ambitious change in this area at the coalface. 
James Williams Myrnong Stop the expansion of gambling in our suburbs & towns, gaming is a scourge on all of our communities, it causes so much pain heartache, and loss to families, I will do all I can to reduce gambling in my LGA, and support your cause 100%
Marianne Tawil Grosse-Hohl Myrnong I'll be honest I know little about the topic as am not a gambler and haven't experienced the impacts first hand.  The policies defined in the handbook shared sound reasonable, but only really scratch the surface in terms of detail.  I would start with an advocate for local council itself to share further light.  I could not find specific reference to a poker machine policy in the material shared.
Rose Iser Myrnong All three policies for the local government level have relevance for Moonee Valley where we have a high rate of gambling losses at a number of large and small venues. I support gambling-free public space, backing gambling-free community sport, and stopping the expansion of gambling in our suburbs. I support measures to reduce gambling harm in Moonee Valley from poker machines as outlined clearly by the Alliance.
Shrikan Reddy Rose Hill I fully support all initiatives and policies that reduce the harm of gambling and pokies on individuals and families. I do not support the gaining of revenue from pokie machines and I would vote against developments funded through this.
Luisa Muscara Rose Hill Undecided 1. Support gambling-free public space
Social isolation is a key risk factor to gambling harm, that's why communities need local, convenient and safe ways to connect with others that don't centre around gambling. Councils can play a crucial role in providing opportunities to socialise away from gambling through support for gambling-free public spaces and programs like Libraries After Dark.
Gordon Porter Rose Hill Taking Action in Victoria campaign. Pokies if we have to have them should only be allowed in not for profit community organisations.
Alexander Paporakis Rose Hill Undecided Undecided Undecided Hi sorry I just need to clear up a few things with my answers, as your questions are very broad.
1. I do but only if it has been shown reducing hours has a positive effect on gamblers who have become addicted. I know defining 'addicted' is tough and I'm sure there is research out there that does show the positive effect reducing hours has, I'm just covering my bases.
2. Look I want to support this, but what happens if a council is led by a majority of councillors who are inclined to increase the number of pokie machines within the municipality? It would be a real issue. However if this question is asking for local council to be able to reduce the number of machines or increase them up to a state-wide maximum number, then yes.
3. Yes, I thoroughly dislike seeing gambling adds during sport games, and their increase has been blindingly obvious.
4. Yes I personally pledge not to, but I cannot make that pledge for any other party or any other part of the council (as I'm sure you are aware). I imagine there are and will be programs in place in the future that require some form of donation, and even  though I may personally advocate to not accept money from gambling businesses, I may be outvoted. Furthermore if I was to state that I will not right-here, I may have to recuse myself from voting on grounds of conflict of interest.
5, This is a yes from me, however gambling harm seems poorly-defined.
As to my positions on the rest of your policies, there's quite a few and I think they'd be best addressed in a different way.
I think Moonee valley council should look toward designing a local gaming action plan, in close communication with you guys and the community. I will be doing what I can do bring this into discussions if elected.