2021 State Election Joint Statement on Poker Machines in Tasmania

Poker machines are designed to be addictive and are recognised as a potentially dangerous product. Figures show Tasmanians lose around $500,000 to poker machines each and every day. 

Tasmania’s recovery from COVID-19 depends on our people and our communities being stronger and more resilient than ever. Now is the time to commit to minimising the harms caused by poker machines.

Consumer protections around poker machines are weak and the harms they cause are significant. 

In Tasmania, poker machines in hotels and clubs are concentrated in lower socio-economic areas and it is these communities that suffer the most harm.

Gambling harm is a public health issue because it impacts the health, finances, relationships and security of Tasmanians and their families. Beyond the person experiencing gambling problems, family members, friends, employers and colleagues can also be affected.

With less than four days until the State Election, the coalition for pokies reform is calling for a commitment from all candidates and parties to make poker machines safer through a range of initiatives including $1 bet limits, slower spin speeds and smaller jackpots.