Every day $20million is lost through poker machines in New South Wales. 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 89,000 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.
We're running a survey of council candidates' attitudes to gambling reform - because between November 27 and December 4 2021, residents of NSW will be electing new councillors. Find out more at this page - and if you are a candidate, you'll find resources and our survey.
We're campaigning to start the process of reducing gambling harm with common sense policies such as:
1. Having all poker machines turned off between midnight and 10am
2. Bringing in $1 maximum bets
3. Ending loyalty schemes that encourage people to gamble more
4. Giving councils the right to say “NO” to pokie machines
Check out what we're up to across the organisation through our campaign blog.
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