Anglicare today revealed new advertising calling for the removal of poker
machines from hotels and clubs.

A 30 second TV advertisement was screened at a launch in Launceston,
where 366 poker machines in 14 venues took $16.7 million from the
community last year.

“We are at a crucial point in time where we can choose to limit the damage
caused by these machines, or go down the path of creating more powerful
vested interests and higher levels of harm,” said Meg Webb, manager of
Anglicare’s Social Action and Research Centre.

For two decades, Anglicare has provided evidence-based research and
community education about poker machines. The new advertising includes
a TV ad, radio spots and a social media campaign.

“We want all Tasmanians to have clear facts about the harm being caused
by high-intensity machines designed to trigger addiction,” said Ms Webb.

“Poker machines not only take $110 million from local communities each
year, they are clustered in the most disadvantaged areas. We don’t think
that’s fair”.

“40% of poker machine revenue is taken from people with an addiction,”
said Ms Webb. “We believe there are better ways to do business”.

Poker machines are linked to family breakdown, financial hardship, crime,
health problems, work issues and suicide. For every person harmed by poker
machine gambling, seven others are also affected.

“It’s time to free our local neighborhoods of poker machines,” said Ms Webb.

“We can choose a healthier future for our state, one that prioritises the
wellbeing of local people, communities and businesses”.
The new advertisements will begin airing from tonight.