Poker machines are designed to addict. They always win. The profits in pubs go straight into a private bank account. Clubs return a tiny fraction of their revenue as grants to community groups - often the same people harmed by poker machine gambling in the first place.
Enough is enough. This year, demand politicians commit to genuine reform, starting with ending any kind of loyalty program involving gamblers, anywhere in NSW. The Productivity Commission in 2010 called for $1 maximum bets. NSW should bring that in. And councils should have the right to say NO to more poker machines, on behalf of their communities. It's not too much to ask.
Write to the party leaders now, demanding action this year.