Every day $18.7million is lost through poker machines in New South Wales. Every day of the year.
Now the NSW state election is over, 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 poverty, mental health issues, and family violence.
In 2019, we're campaigning to start the process of reducing gambling harm with common sense policies such as:
1. Bringing in $1 maximum bets
2. Banning loyalty programs that encourage people to gamble more (click on the link to tip us off about dodgy loyalty programs)
3. Giving councils the right to say “NO” to pokie machines
Other campaigns you can support:
We want NSW Councils to have at least the same rights as Victorian ones to say NO! Sign the petition to give Councils the final say
We need to be able to access the information and data detailing pokie harm in NSW, sign the petition
Other actions you could take:
The NSW Budget Estimates sessions are coming up, from August 29 to September 13 2019. This is where Upper House MPs can quiz Ministers, senior public servants and statutory bodies, like the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority. Those questions must be answered. You can ask your local MP to help you get a question asked - see here for further information.
What we're up against:
The NSW Coalition's Memos of Understanding with ClubsNSW:
The NSW ALP's Clubs Policy, released during the 2019 state election campaign