Media Release: Thursday, 20 December, 2007

The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today congratulated the South Sydney Leagues Club on its decision to get rid of poker machines and said it hoped the move would lead the way for other clubs.

ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said the Club’s decision showed a real concern to add value to the community rather than feeding on the addictions of those who can least afford it.

“South Sydney Leagues Club should be congratulated for taking action to reduce the social cost of gambling on the Redfern community and surrounds. We hope that other clubs will take note and understand the real damage poker machines can cause,” Mr Wallace said.

“Studies show that the largest proportion of problem gambling is associated with poker machines and that for each problem gambler an average of five other people are affected.”

Mr Wallace encouraged other clubs to follow South Sydney’s lead and reduce their dependence on poker machine profits. He also encouraged the Redfern area community to show its support for the club and its ground-breaking decision.

Media Contact: Glynis Quinlan