Victorians have lost $66 billion on the pokies in the last three decades – enough to have built at least 30 new hospitals, 200,000 public houses or six new Melbourne metro train lines. Nearly three-quarters of us gamble at some point and more than half a million people experience harm as a result. The affects aren’t limited to individuals. The social costs of gambling to Victoria are estimated to be $7 billion per year. The industry should be more restricted in its advertising and operations.
What we think
- The gambling industry is exploitative and socially destructive.
- The gambling industry should be regulated to mitigate its social harms.
- Forms of gambling that are designed to be particularly addictive should be restricted and the most harmful should be banned.
What we'll fight for
- Phase out all pokies within five years.
- Ban all gambling industry advertising (similar to the tobacco industry), including sports sponsorship.
- Increase regulation of online betting.
- Mandate a gambling shutdown at Crown Casino and all licensed venues between 3am and 12pm.
- Mandate that all gambling outlets prominently display information from Gambler’s Help about the real odds of winning in popular gambling activities.
- Ban all political donations from the gambling industry.
- Redirect taxed revenue from gambling to specific programs dealing with the problems caused by or associated with gambling.