Problem Gambling is a huge burden on families and our health system. The social and economic cost of problem gambling to Victorians is up to $2.8 billion per year, and up to 80% of problem gambling is caused by poker machines, which are designed to be highly addictive.
When people can lose thousands of dollars an hour on pokies, something needs to be done to limit the losses and the harm pokies can cause. Sign the petition to show you support action on pokies losses.
Problem gamblers can lose thousands of dollars an hour on pokies - the average maximum in Victoria is $840 per hour. A $1 bet limit would limit losses to $120 per hour and make a huge difference to families suffering from the detrimental impacts of problem gambling.
Voluntary pre-commitment proposed by the Napthine Liberal-National Government will do nothing to prevent problem gambling, but could set back effective reforms like $1 bets for years.
The Greens $1 bet limit proposal is evidence-based and was recommended by the Productivity Commission because it is the cheapest, most effective and straightforward solution.
$1 bet limits are effective because they target problem gamblers - 88% of recreational gamblers don't bet more than $1 per spin so most punters won't even notice the change. However, since social and economic costs of problem gambling in Victoria are as high as $2.8 billion a year, it's a critically important, well-targeted reform.
I strongly urge you to stand up to the gambling lobby and support $1 bet limits to reduce the harm.