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Yarra Council takes a stand against gambling

10 August 2016

Yarra Council is taking a stand against poker machines and sports betting, joining calls for the Federal Government to implement gambling reforms.

Council will sign an open letter from the Alliance for Gambling Reform to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, urging them to make a difference to thousands of Australians by reducing the devastation caused by gambling by introducing:

  • a ban on sports betting advertising during G-rated time periods;
  • a Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform to build on existing knowledge of the problems and solutions; and
  • legislation that limits poker machine harm to a maximum $1 bet and maximum loss of $120 per hour.

These proposals were put forward by Senator Nick Xenophon, Andrew Wilkie MP, The Alliance for Gambling Reform and Rev Tim Costello 14 July 2016.

Council’s community engagement on this issue reveals broad opposition to electronic gaming and community concern with the unrelenting advance of gambling.

Electronic gaming is highly accessible to disadvantaged and vulnerable populations, with 308 electronic gaming machines in eight venues spread across the municipality. This is of concern in Yarra, where roughly one in ten households are social housing tenants (in a population of 90,000).

Council aims to minimise gambling harms in our community through advocating for change to other levels of government, as well as through its Gaming Strategy, Planning Scheme control measures and membership of the Alliance for Gambling Reform.

Further information
Belinda Robson
Senior Policy Advisor
9205 5555

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