Let's Put People before Pokies


To the Honourable President and Members of the Legislative Council of New South Wales. This petition of certain citizens of New South Wales states that:

  • Poker machine are the leading cause of gambling-related harm, with 75% of all gambling addictions attributed to pokies. 

  • NSW has the largest number of poker machines of any state in Australia and per person gambling losses from poker machines in NSW are the highest in the world.

  • Poker machine losses in NSW are in almost $7 billion a year, roughly half total losses in Australia.

  • The influence of the clubs and hotels industries has stymied meaningful reform of  poker machine laws increasing gambling harm. 


Your petitioners request that the Parliament:

Take legislative action to address the massive toll of gambling harm in our communities, and  specifically to:

  • Reduce the number of poker machines in NSW.

  • Implement maximum $1 bet limits and remove machine features that are considered addictive.

  • Require monthly venue by venue reporting of actual losses so communities are aware of the local impact of these machines. 

  • Support a Special Commission of Inquiry into the influence of the gambling and racing industry on NSW politics. 



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