Fix NSW pokies laws!
NSW Political Party Leaders,
Every day over $18million is lost through poker machines in NSW. Every day of the year.
We need all MPs to start dealing with this as a public health issue and to swiftly act to minimize and prevent further harm. NSW still has over 92,000 poker machines (over 30% of the world’s non-casino pokies) and numbers have only fallen 5% in a decade.
Pokies are designed to addict and they contribute to anxiety, stress, poverty, mental health issues, and family violence.
As MPs you are expected to act to protect your citizens. Nothing in your policies or arrangements with the clubs & pubs industry prevents you from taking action.
I call on you to commit to legislating in 2020 to:
1. Bring in $1 maximum bets
2. End loyalty schemes that encourage people to gamble more
3. Give councils the right to say “NO” to pokie machines