One in 10 poker machines world-wide are in Australia and half of those are in NSW alone. NSW has the worst pokies problem in Australia, with the most machines and the largest profits taken from the community.
Most other countries limit these damaging poker machines to casinos but here in Australia they are out in many pubs and clubs in local communities.
Pokies cause significant harm to individuals, contribute to relationship and family breakdown and tear the social fabric.
We need urgent action to protect people and communities from gambling harm rather than protecting the vested interests of the industry. The Government must remove dangerous features of poker machines, introduce $1 maximum bets and cap the losses that the community faces from these addictive machines.