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Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

ACL supports new campaign highlighting pokie addiction



The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) said the new advertising campaign launched today by Stop the Loss Coalition is a wake-up call to politicians that whilst governments continue to ignore gambling machine reform, families would be affected by pokie addiction.



Managing Director Jim Wallace said that ACL would, as a member of the Australian Churches Gambling Taskforce which is part of Stop the Loss Coalition, would continue to raise awareness about problem gambling politically.



“The ACL supports the campaign to raise awareness about the flow-on impact of pokie machine addiction to problem gamblers and their families and friends,” he said.



“While the government does not act effectively on gambling addiction, we’ll continue to see families impacted – more often those who are most vulnerable.”



The 2010 Productivity Commission’s report highlighted that governments across Australia make about $5 billion a year from gambling taxes and that Australians spend about $19 billion a year on gambling and the cost to problem gamblers was between $4.7 billion and $8.4 billion a year.



“This campaign comes at a time when we need to see government ensure its proposed trial is a real one, not a shame, and that there is a fallback position to introduce a $1 bet limit if it fails,” said Mr Wallace.