Revoke Len Ainsworth's Order of Australia
To the Governor General Peter Cosgrove,
The poker-machine industry has caused enormous pain to individuals and families all around Australia, exacerbating poverty, addiction, depression, and increasing incidents of family violence. And despite being the "Godfather" of this destructive industry, Len Ainsworth was yesterday awarded an Order of Australia.
Australians experience more harm as a result of poker machines than anywhere else in the world. We lose over $12 billion annually to poker machines and to reward the man who has, in his words, dedicated his life to “building a better mousetrap” is inappropriate and outrageous.
Len Ainsworth has built his fortune on the backs of Australian suffering and he should not be granted one of the highest awards in the country for this.
It is a slap in the face to the millions of Australians who have experienced any kind of poker machine harm.
I demand that you revoke his Order of Australia immediately.