Let's fix NSW!
Dear Premier Berejiklian,
The NSW state election is in March 2019. In Tasmania and South Australia political parties, have come out with updated gambling policies and are acknowledging the harm that pokies can cause to our communities.
Neither of those states has the numbers and gambling losses through poker machines that NSW suffers. We need the government 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.
We as a community want to be free from pokie harm.
Pokies are designed to addict and they contribute to poverty, mental health issues, and family violence.
Next election, I will be voting to reduce pokie harm and I urge you to change your policies to support people, not pokies.