14 October, 2021
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The Alliance for Gambling Reform has today called for all political parties to reject donations from the gambling industry in wake of the ABC investigation into gambling-related political payments from 1997 to 2021.
The Alliance for Gambling Reform’s Chief Advocate, Reverend Tim Costello says:
“Until we stop the constant flow of funding from this predatory industry into political parties we’ll continue to see gambling harm. It’s time to turn off the tap at the source.
“The research joins the dots. The gambling industry is trying to buy influence and access to politicians who are supposed to be representing us. The political system is putting casino tycoons and poker machine barons before our community’s safety.
“As the harm caused by the gambling industry becomes increasingly clearer, we’re seeing more businesses, like superannuation funds, reject investment in their products. They are taking an ethical stance.
“That’s why today we’re calling for all political parties and candidates to reject donations from the gambling industry once and for all.”
Anna Bardsley, who lost ten years of her life to poker machines, and is the Alliance’s Voices for Reform Coordinator says:
“This just shows what we already knew. That industry bigwigs are corrupting our political system with huge donations so they can keep strip mining communities.
“They are the problem. How dare they blame us for what they’re clearly responsible for. It’s time for political parties to reject their dirty donations and hold the industry accountable for the harm they cause”
Tim is available for further comment.
Media contact: Matthew Thompson – 0491 209 436 /[email protected]
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14 October, 2021