Stop the Losses - $1 Bet Limits on Pokies

$1 Bet Limits - Reduce the HarmProblem 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.

Dear Premier,

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.

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  • Riley Baird
    signed 2016-06-01 13:25:48 +1000
  • Matthew Bush
    signed 2015-10-18 19:57:37 +1100
  • Karen Neubauer
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    @Kazwaz78 tweeted link to this page. 2015-06-19 00:03:00 +1000
    Let's Stop the Losses - $1 Bet Limits on Pokies will reduce the harm - please sign this petition. http://victoria.greens.org.au/dollarbets?recruiter_id=1574304
  • Karen Neubauer
    signed 2015-06-19 00:00:31 +1000
  • Helen O'Grady
    signed via 2015-02-14 19:51:04 +1100
    I work in a pokies room, and Pre-Commitment has just been installed, ready to “Go Live” very soon. The players say it won’t change them. $1 bet limits will make change though. I only get a hint of the devastation caused to the gamblers and their families, so please help them.
  • Craig Juerchott
    signed 2014-11-27 10:09:06 +1100
  • David Hudson
    signed 2014-09-01 14:38:01 +1000
  • Satoshi Payne
    signed 2014-08-23 18:38:53 +1000
  • David Barnett
    signed 2014-08-17 15:32:04 +1000
  • Margaret Hartley
    signed 2014-08-16 16:31:19 +1000
    In the City of Whittlesea (my local government area) last year, $93,000,000 was lost by gamblers. Limiting bets to $1 may go a long way towards limiting the harm to individuals, families and the community.
  • Robert Thomson
    signed 2014-08-14 15:04:34 +1000
  • Rowan Austin
    signed 2014-08-14 11:23:43 +1000
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    signed via 2014-08-09 08:20:44 +1000
  • @DocAvvers tweeted link to this page. 2014-08-08 10:12:56 +1000
    Let's Stop the Losses - $1 Bet Limits on Pokies will reduce the harm - please sign this petition. http://victoria.greens.org.au/dollarbets?recruiter_id=3172963
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  • Avril Hannah-Jones
    signed 2014-08-08 10:11:49 +1000
  • Mark Waller
    signed 2014-08-07 18:06:36 +1000
    My father has had a chronic poker machine addiction for the best part of 20 years or more. As a result he practically has no assets at aged 76, including living in a small, modest hotel room as this is all he can afford. Poker machines have had a huge negative impact on this life & connection with friends.
  • Jacqui Salter
    signed 2014-08-05 22:37:33 +1000
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