NSW 2019 - Alliance for Gambling Reform

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





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There has been a significant shift in public sentiment in NSW in the last year against poker machines. We know that gambling reform is beginning to cut through as an issue, and we can't wait until the next state election for change. We can pressure MPs now, and they will act if the pressure is strong enough.

New South Wales is Australia's most pokie-saturated state with over 92,000 poker machines. This is barely a 5% reduction in numbers in a decade.

As we hope to move past COVID-19, we can demand that our politicians work to #BuildBackBetter. Communities still have no rights for their Council to be part of any consideration of local pokie applications. People can bet as much as $10 per button push. Clubs and pubs use loyalty programs to entice people in, and get them to stay in front of machines. As a result, losses continue to rise and the harmful impact of pokies, being increasing poverty, mental health issues, and family violence, become exacerbated. 

NSW needs policy to stop gambling harm

Sign the petition demanding the NSW party leaders take urgent action!