Moreland City Council Candidate Responses - Alliance for Gambling Reform

Moreland City Council Candidate Responses

Candidate Responses

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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?




Margee  Glover North East I support not allowing future poker machine on Council land, and plan and support the transition away from gambling use by existing venues.
Lynton Michael Joseph North East Council Social Policy. Poker Machined have been a problem since day one
Anthony Helou North East My position on poker machine always the same  , I fully support your policy as im against gambling .
Meghan  Street North East The end to sports gambling ads - this targets a section of the community who already may have a predisposition to addictive gambling. Gambling ads, like ads for  other practices that might be harmful to health, should be highly regulated. Also not hosting council events at gambling venues and the shift to a public health narrative.
Ismene Thiveos North East I will always fight against future poker machines. 
Sue Bolton North East Support gambling-free public space & gambling-free local sport.
Muhammad Nisar Ul Murtaza North East Well communities need more open spaces and there is need to get involved in healthy physical/sporting activities. This will help reduce stress and drive positive energy to reduce gambling harms, and will contribute to better mental health. 
Lou Tenace North West I think that we need to look seriously at Poker machines and their negative effects in the City of Moreland. 
Daniel Taylor North West No council money should go towards subsidising or promoting EGM's or venues that contain them. Councils should not profit off the gambling industry, and should not help the gambling industry profit.

Victorian Socialists does not support poker machines. The gambling industry is a for profit industry that is designed to manipulate and mislead ordinary people - stealing billions annually, creating and exacerbating underlying health and social issues.

We support policies to reduce the harm caused by gambling on our communities as well as policies that reduce or eliminate the presence of the gambling industry. Banning advertising during sporting matches, reducing opening hours of venues and opposing the creating of new venues containg EGM's all go towards this. 
Darren Grindrod North West Restricting then reducing the numbers of these machines. Providing assistance to those with chronic gambling problems.
Oscar Yildiz North West Advocacy
Monica  HARTE North West I would like to my unequivocal support to all of the policies you have listed.  I would support the elimination of gambling machines. Policy to restrict and reduce machines, reduce betting I support as a strategy,  but i have a strong stance on the need for overall advocacy on the harm of machines.   
Darren Grindrod North West By not allow future poker machines on Council land, and to encourage the planning and support the transition away from gambling use by existing venues limits future growth of this financially draining ‘entertainment’.
Helen Davidson North West As an incumbent counsellor of Moreland City Council, I have taken great pride in our stance against poker machines. I was supportive of the Fedral Circuit Court litigation case and stood on the steps of Parliament with you in 2017 seeking reform in this area. Moreland City Council was successful in rejecting an additional seven poker machines at the Glenroy RSL. I was extremely happy when the Supreme Court made its decision in our favour for no additional poker machines at the Glenroy RSL.
Shaun  Minehan North West I will never vote for more poker machines on Moreland. During the previous council, Labor aligned councillors voted for more pokies at the Glenroy RSL. I do support some great Council initiatives such as Libraries After Dark to offer alternatives for some residents. I propose higher taxes for gambling venues and will never allow council to use poker machine venues for meetings.

Thank you for raising this. I have watched Ka-Ching the documentary and it was outstanding. I’d love to talk further if I am elected to Council. Thank you. 
Shanaka Perera North West I support all your policies; gambling to me is a sin. It pushes people into debt, destroys families and creates more harm than its purported 'entertainment' value. It exploits vulnerable people and I would never support gambling activities at all. 
Angelica Panopoulos North West All of them!
Mohamad Elmustapha North West I believe that we should aim to reduce the rate of how many people gamble by reducing the amount of poker machines in social areas and Restricting the amount each individual can spend on a machine.
Praveen Kumar North West Undecided Its appalling to know that 2.7 Billion was lost in Victoria in 2019 alone on Poker Machines without accounting for the losses at the Casino. This directly impacts peoples lives. Councils being the closest level of Government to the local community, greater power should be provided to Local councils to refuse or accept poker machines in their community 
Baris Duzova North West The policy of not holdIng council events or activities at gambling venues makes absolute sense. First of all it allows more resident to participate in a family friendly environment. Secondly, it shows that the council supports efforts to reduce the effects of gambling. My position on poker machines would be to limit the number of machines with greater scrutinising during the application process.
Helen Breier South I support all the policies that your organisation proposes as you have done the hard yards on this issue and everything you suggest is evidence based. Gambling in Moreland Strategy 2015-2020
I suuprt the : Gambling in Moreland 2015-2020 Council Strategy to reduce the harmful impact of gambling on Moreland residents. Electronic gaming machines/ pokies have been identified as source of greatest harm for communities and individuals based on the level of gambling losses in the municipality and proportion of people with problem gambling behaviours who play pokies.

Gambling in Moreland 2015-20  (PDF 5Mb)
Gambling in Moreland 2015-20  (DOC 4Mb)
National Alliance for Gambling Reform
As a foundation partner of the national Alliance for Gambling Reform, Moreland Council calls for stronger industry controls to protect consumers and reduce the damage that gambling products can bring to families and communities.

Current Campaigns
Build Back Better After COVID
Champions for Change
Let's End Gambling Ads

Recent Campaigns
Pokies Play You
James Conlan South Gambling is a scourge on communities, individuals and families, who are preyed upon by powerful, politically connected, funded vested interests. If elected to council, I would support council using its powers to limit the spread of gambling venues, including pokies machines, throughout our community.

At the council level, I support
- gambling-free public space
- gambling-free community sport
- stopping the expansion of gambling venues

I also support broader campaigning and advocacy to the state and federal government on gambling reform to reduce gambling.

Robert Durkacz South There is nothing good about poker machines. The state government might as well be selling heroin, it is the same principle.
Nahui Jimenez South Council money should not go towards subsidising or promoting EGM's or venues that have them. Councils should not make a profit off the gambling industry, and should not be part of helping the gambling industry profit.

I support policies to reduce the harm caused by gambling on our communities. I also support policies to reduce or eliminate the presence of the gambling industry in our communities. Banning advertising during sporting matches, reducing opening hours of venues and opposing the creation of new venues containing EGM's all go towards this.

I don't support poker machines. The gambling industry is a for profit industry designed to manipulate and mislead ordinary people - stealing billions annually, creating and exacerbating underlying health and social issues. 
Mark Riley South Use any tools or levers can utilise to reduce reliance on gambling revenue by service clubs and community organisation.
Take legal action, when necessary to ensue Council's efforts are having the required impacts
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' fromcouncil documents and discussions. These phrases reinforce stigma by placing responsibility for gambling harm and addiction on the individual instead of on thesystems and structures in place that enable gambling harm
Shift to the public health narrative of referring to 'gambling harm'
Do an assessment of social and economic impacts of poker machine venue
applications, and commit resources to opposing those that will negatively impact
the community
Maximise community awareness of and engagement with poker machine venue
applications
Ensure venues are compliant with planning and other requirements through active enforcement
Advocate to state and federal governments for legislative reform to reduce and prevent gambling harm
Create awareness in the local community by creating news stories around gambling harm and undertake other harm minimisation projects

And ensure Moreland's Council Advocacy Plan includes the following:
1. Support gambling-free public space
2. Back gambling-free community sport
3. Stop the expansion of gambling in our suburbs & towns
Melissa Yuan South I support reducing the visibility and accessibility of pokies and the TAB. 
Sultan  Taraby South 1. Ensure venues are compliant with planning and other requirements through active enforcement.
2.Advocate to state and federal governments for legislative reform to reduce and prevent gambling harm.
I would like to see a robust assessment of social and economic impacts of poker machines in the south ward area.

Rachel Payne South I have worked in RSL Clubs, Bowls Clubs (NSW) and a Casino (QLD) where gambling took place and I have experienced first hand the devastating effects of gambling, both on a person and on their families. I have even had to clean ashtrays full of urine due to a person not being able to remove themselves from a poker machine in fear it would pay out to someone else.

The Reason Party is currently in the process of finalising EGM (pokies) policy with focus on harm minimisation through demand reduction, supply reduction and harm reduction. This policy will be a whole of government approach and covers all of the findings in the LGE Pledge.

As a councillor (if elected) I will advocate for gambling harm reduction and treat gambling harm as a public health issue and (1) support gambling-free public space; (2) back gambling-free community sport; and (3) stop the expansion of gambling in our suburbs. 
Lambros Tapinos South I support the harm minimisation policies and believe we need to offer alternative social outlets, and start convincing RSLs, clubs and hotels to move away from pokies.
Shea Evans South I support the policies of Council not holding events at gambling venues and also removing the the opportunity of gambling organisations having access to Council grants or funds of any type. I also find the amount of money that poker machines steal from people is staggering.
Councils should be doing more to help business move away from poker machines being a part of their revenue streams as well and not granting any new machines being allowed in the LGA.  Council also has a role in the education of the harm caused by gambling and should be helping local sport and social clubs with this knowledge by applying this to Council procedures and policy.
John Durrant South I have worked in pubs and clubs for many years and have seen first hand the detriment of pokies on community (an on competing hospitality venues). I support practical measures Council can take including; supporting gambling-free public spaces, gambling-free community sport, and gambling considerations for approving planning permits. 
Jacob Andrewartha South I support all of the policies contained in the Candidate Information Pack. I believe gambling is a terrible industry that profits off financial insecurity and should be  regulated heavily in line with all of the recommendations and policies of Alliance for Gambling Reform and beyond that I believe the gambling industry should be abolished.