Poker machines take more than $20 million from local community

Prime time for Braidwood screening of Ka-ching Pokies Nation documentary New data purchased by NSW Greens MLC Justin Field has revealed poker machines in clubs have taken more than $20 million from the local government area of Goulburn/Palerang  in 2015-16 alone.

The NSW community lost $5.46 billion to poker machines in clubs in 2015-16. The harm these machines inflict isn’t just financial – they cause real pain for people, families and the broader community. Following these startling revelations, the Braidwood Greens will host a special screening of the powerful Ka-ching Pokies Nation in Braidwood on 23 March. The documentary was first broadcast on the ABC and uncovers how poker machines and their operation are built for addiction.

Mr Field said today, “I invite anyone concerned with the impact of poker machines and gambling to come along to the screening of Ka-ching and find out more on how these machines operate and the harm they cause people, families and communities. “Poker machines are in our pubs and clubs across NSW and the community deserves to know how addictive these machines are and how they’re ripping us off,” he said.

The Ka-ching screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Mr Field, a social worker and psychologist. Refreshments will be served after the film. Event details What: Screening of Ka-Ching Pokie Nation documentary hosted by Braidwood Greens and Gambling Impact Society (GIS) When: 7pm. Thursday, 23 March 2017 Where: The National Theatre, Braidwood Panel discussion following film screening:

  • Justin Field, NSW Greens MP
  • Kate Roberts, Social Worker and Executive Officer of GIS
  • Barbara Bicego, Psychologist and Project Officer of GIS

RSVP: Interview and images from the documentary available on request.  

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