It was heartbreaking to learn on Valentine’s Day that Woolworths allegedly has been giving free drinks to keep people sitting in front of poker machines. Too many loved ones have been harmed by pokies. The news confirms what we’ve always known – the power of the pokie lobby means regulators cannot stop harm under current laws.
Poker machines are designed to addict. They always win. The profits in pubs go straight into a private bank account. And how do these profits grow? By using illegal ways to keep people stuck in front of these money-grabbing machines.
Enough is enough. This election, demand politicians commit to genuine reform, starting with a ban on any kind of loyalty program involving gamblers, anywhere in NSW.