Put People before Pokies

Petition to the NSW Parliament To the Honourable Speaker and Members of the Legislative Council of NSW.

This petition brings to the attention of the Legislative Council that:
● Pokies are the leading cause of gambling-related harm, with 75% of all gambling addictions attributed to pokies; and
● Poker machines are currently being reviewed for being in breach of Australian Consumer Law.

Put People before Pokies in New South Wales

The undersigned petitioners therefore ask the Legislative Council of NSW to:
1. Increase transparency of the gambling industry to require venue-by-venue reporting of community losses to poker machines
2. Implement laws and policies to reduce the number ofpokies in NSW, particularly in clubs and pubs.
3. Implement genuine harm minimisation strategies like $1 bet limits.

Who's signing

Justin Field
Shauna Engeler
Lesley Martick
Rob Probin
Shonica Guy
Marie Gunderson-Briggs
Bruce McQueen

Will you sign?


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  • Justin Field
    signed 2018-07-16 08:51:39 +1000
  • Shauna Engeler
    signed 2018-07-11 14:12:52 +1000
  • Lesley Martick
    signed 2018-07-11 06:57:23 +1000
    Legalising poker machines in Queensland, was one of the worst things to happen to my family. My earliest experience of them was waiting outside a club in the cold in the dark in a soft top four wheel drive with a new born premi baby. I had run out of dry nappies and formula. My husband was inside with his Aunt and Uncle trying to get them to leave and we still had to drive from Tweed Heads to Brisbane. I was crying and terrified for my baby. That was nearly 40 years ago. I spent 25 years married to a heavy drinker who loved the pokies. Many times he would phone me late at night to inform me that he had just fed our son’s wages into the machines. The combination of poker machines and alcohol is devastating enough without any manipulation from clubs and their staff. The worst of it is, you know it is happening but there is nothing you can say or do to prevent it.
  • Rob Probin
    signed 2018-07-10 23:21:43 +1000
  • Shonica Guy
    signed 2018-07-10 19:45:24 +1000
  • Marie Gunderson-Briggs
    signed 2018-07-10 10:12:50 +1000
    Pokies are a cancer in society they should be totally banned – no responsible sane government should allow them
  • Bruce McQueen
    signed 2018-05-23 17:43:00 +1000