GAMBLING LOSSES FOR THE AREA
|Name||Ward||Reducing the hours of poker machine venues?||Local governments having greater say on the granting or refusing applications for poker machines in their respective communities?||Banning of all sports gambling ads?||Reducing the opening hours of poker machine venues||Not taking any donations from venues or organisations that derive income from gambling interests?||Reducing gambling harm in your LGA?|
|Keith Williams||Mayor and Ward B||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅|
|Kevin Loughrey||Ward A||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅|
|Eva Ramsey||Ward B||❌||❌||✅||✅||✅||✅|
|Stephen Bocking||Ward C||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅|
Which of the policies referred to in our Candidate Information Pack do you support?
What is your position on poker machine policy?
I support strategies that reduce harm from gambling on my community.
Gambling is a pernicious pastime which preys upon a particular personality type to the detriment of everyone associated with that person; family and friends. Whilst it should not be banned, for that has been shown never to be effective anyway, it should not be promoted.
Instead, the best way to approach this problem is through education similar to what worked so effectively with Australia's litter problem in the 1960's
It requires much tighter restrictions. I have seen first hand how gambling effects family and social life.
As a one time bar manager I have seen first hand the insidious nature of poker machines and the damage that they can do. Anything that can be done to limit their harm on the community is a good thing. I am also concerned with the unfettered rise of on-line gambling and I believe that the true cost to the community has yet to be realised.