Wednesday 22nd May, 2013

The Australian Christian Lobby has backed calls for the Tasmanian Government to introduce $1 bet limit on pokie machines in the state.

ACL’s Tasmanian State Director Mark Brown said problem gambling is an issue that affects many Tasmanian families.

“The 2011 Social and Economic Impact Study of Gambling in Tasmania found that nearly 50 per cent of all electronic gaming machine takings are from problem gamblers or moderate risk gamblers,” he said.

“Of course there will be a cost to the bottom line when the government pockets $100 million in taxes from the industry. Economics, however, should be a secondary consideration to the social toll incurred on the community.

“The Government needs to plot a road map to weaning itself off poker machine revenue,” Mr Brown said.