Australians lose more than $23 billion to gambling every year, including $11 billion on poker machines.
There is an abundance of evidence that gambling - and pokies in particular - causes enormous harm in the community. Genuine gambling reform is an issue governments cannot shy away from any longer. The pokies industry targets low income and financially stressed areas, and the casualties of poker machines are often among the poorest Australians.
For many years, the gambling industry has donated generously to the old parties to stop desperately needed reform which would protect the community. The Greens are standing up against vested interests like the pokies lobby and pushing for practical solutions including $1 bets and ending the sports betting barrage on our TV screens.
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