Pokies cause harm. Sign the letter. Get poker machines out of Tasmania's pubs and clubs

Pokies cause harm. Sign the letter. Get poker machines out of Tasmania's pubs and clubs

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Pokies cause harm. They are designed to addict and rigged to win.

They cost too many Tasmanians their health, relationships, job or home.

One in three Tasmanians knows someone seriously harmed by gambling on poker machines. Four out of five Tasmanians want poker machines reduced in number or totally removed from pubs and clubs.

State parliament is considering the future of poker machines in Tasmania right now, and there is a state election in early 2018, so it's time to act. Our goals are simple:

  • Get poker machines out of community venues like pubs and clubs.
  • Make sure that ...

Pokies cause harm. They are designed to addict and rigged to win.

They cost too many Tasmanians their health, relationships, job or home.

One in three Tasmanians knows someone seriously harmed by gambling on poker machines. Four out of five Tasmanians want poker machines reduced in number or totally removed from pubs and clubs.

State parliament is considering the future of poker machines in Tasmania right now, and there is a state election in early 2018, so it's time to act. Our goals are simple:

  • Get poker machines out of community venues like pubs and clubs.
  • Make sure that poker machines that remain in casinos are properly regulated to be safe and fair. 

We have a unique opportunity to stop a new licence being issued for poker machines in pubs and clubs. Pokies cause harm. Let's get them out of our community.

Learn More

Visit the SARC website

View our interactive map of pokies in Tasmania

Please share this and tell your friends to visit www.pokiescauseharm.org.au to sign our letter to the Premier.

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Email your local MP

A state election will be held in or before March 2018.

 

Now is the time to tell your local MPs the position on pokies you want them to take to the election.

 

A personal email will always have more impact than a form letter. We encourage you to draft your own but if you need help, click on the 'Email tips' button below.

Compose your email

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Start by stating who you are (eg a concerned community member, a person harmed by pokies, a family member of someone harmed by pokies) and why the issue of poker machines matters to you.

Feel free to include any personal exepriences, such as your own experiences of harm from pokies gambling (eg losing a lot of money) or watching someone close to you harming themselves, friends and family by gambling on pokies. You could also include some facts and figures - see below.

Then tell your MP what you would like them to do - ahead of the state election, commit to the removal of poker machines from pubs and clubs and locate them only in casinos with proper consumer protections. 

Facts and figures

  • The Tasmanian Government is not reliant on poker machine revenue. Tax collected from poker machines located outside of the casinos is around just $30 million a year. 
  • The $200 million lost annually by Tasmanians in local poker machines is money foregone from circulation through local businesses for entertainment, services, and goods.
  • Poll after poll in Tasmania shows that more than 80% of the people want pokies out of pubs and clubs. 
  • Include figures for how much money is lost on pokies in your local area by using this map http://pokermachinescauseharm.org.au/in_your_area/