New data purchased by NSW Greens MP Justin Field has revealed poker machines in NSW hotels are far outstripping those in clubs in taking billions of dollars from local communities.
While there are 22,971 poker machines in hotels compared with 69,974 in clubs in NSW, the poker machines in hotels take an average 44.4 per cent more per machine than those in clubs in the last quarter of 2016.
The data covers the last quarter of 2016 and it found:
- pokies in clubs and hotels took $2 billion from the NSW community.
- each club-based poker machine removed an average $19,638 from the community, each hotel-based poker machine removed $28,358.
- the average turnover from machines in hotels and clubs is $217,936.
- there are an average of 62 poker machines per club in NSW and an average 15 machines per hotel.
The data shows Fairfield and the Canterbury-Bankstown areas tops the state when it comes to the biggest profits to clubs and hotels – the losses to the individual – from poker machines, each area topping $200 million in losses in the last quarter.
“The Greens’ first purchase of both hotels and pubs data shows these de facto casinos on neighbourhood street corners are ripping off billions from local people and communities,” Mr Field said.
“Despite having enormous losses on pokies, NSW has some of the least transparent access to specific information on specific venues and their impacts on communities.
“NSW, Victoria and Queensland all have similar requirements for the collection of data but only NSW hides the true cost of pokies by making people purchase data and hiding venue-specific data with aggregation and anonymity.
“If there are clubs and pubs doing the wrong thing by the community and having a disproportionate impact on people and communities, then we should have the right to hold them to account.
“The Greens have delivered on our promise to purchase and make data available so the community can have a more informed discussion of the harm caused by poker machines across our state.
“We first called on NSW Racing Minister Paul Toole in February this year to end the secrecy and publish venue by venue data online, for free. Nothing has changed and the question remains – what has the government and these venues got to hide? ”
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