22 July 2015

The Australian Christian Lobby today called on the Palaszczuk government to rule out further increases in the number of poker machines allowed at the new Queens Wharf casino and to place a $1 bet maximum on all poker machines.

Yesterday the government announced the casino would be granted an extra 1,200 poker machines in Brisbane’s CBD.

ACL Queensland Director Wendy Francis said the government needed to demonstrate it was serious about tackling problem gambling.

“1,200 new poker machines is a huge increase and we are disappointed it has been allowed to occur.  It calls into question the government’s commitment to tackling the scourge of problem gambling.

“We are calling on the government to immediately announce there will be no further increase in the number of poker machines in Queensland.

“Instead the government should be working towards a $1 bet maximum on all poker machines in the state and at the new casino.

“Since they were introduced in 1992, Queensland now has over 45,000 operational pokies and Queenslanders are losing over $175 million a month - or over $5.6 million a day - to gaming machines.”

“An increase of 2,500 poker machines from the current 1,300 allows more capacity for broken families, more capacity for alcohol abuse and more capacity for mental health issues in at-risk individuals.”