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NSW is home to just under half of Australia’s 200,000 poker machines. They are profitable, accessible and deeply harmful. Dotted in pubs and clubs across the state – they are dangerous and designed to addict. In no other place on earth is gambling so ubiquitous. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Together, we can act to prevent and reduce gambling harm.

In the next term of NSW Parliament, we are calling for:

  • NSW to follow and improve on the Tasmanian Government’s introduction of universal cashless and harm reduction payment systems for gambling.
  • All poker machines in pubs and clubs to be turned off between midnight and 10am.
  • The establishment of a single, state-wide self-exclusion register funded by gambling taxation revenue, managed independently from the gambling industry, and overseen by an appropriate independent statutory body.
  • Councils to have a statutory right to be able to make submissions on every poker machine application in their community, regardless of Local Impact Assessment status, and appeal any decision made by the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority.
  • NSW poker machine data to be transparently published by venue at least every six months.

You can find support information on the GambleAware website:


‘Put Pokies in Their Place’ – Campaign Launch, NSW Parliament


Read more from Stu Cameron on Gambling Reform and other advocacy initiatives.

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