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Comment on Social and Economic Impact Study

In our submission to the SEIS made in September last year, Anglicare said there was “overwhelming evidence and overwhelming support for removing poker machines from hotels and clubs”.

“Every publicly released poll has shown Tasmanians are unhappy about the damage done by poker machines,” said Meg Webb, manager of Anglicare’s Social Action and Research Centre. “This latest SEIS describes the negative harms and in particular, highlights the suffering of family members”.

For every person directly harmed by gambling, seven other people are also affected. The SEIS states that “more attention needs to be paid to the burden of harm on people related to the gambler”.

“Poker machines have had their day,” said Ms Webb. “Caring communities will no longer tolerate the harm caused by machines designed for addiction and rigged to win”.

“Tasmanians are ready to confine poker machines to casinos and have healthier, happier, more connected neighbourhoods,” she said.