Poker machines cause harm.

They cost too many people their health, relationship, job or home. Anglicare’s research and service experience supports the removal of poker machines from pubs and clubs.

The Tasmanian Government is currently drafting a bill for poker machines to remain in pubs and clubs through to the year 2043.

The Government’s bill will first be debated in the House of Assembly. If passed (as is, or with amendments), it would then go to the Legislative Council for review.

 

In the Legislative Council, the bill can be rejected, passed or amended. Many of the members of the Legislative Council are independents, not bound to party policy. They can make up their own minds whether the legislation will be good for the communities they represent. This provides the opportunity for Tasmanians to let Legislative Councillors know we do not want another 20 years of pokies in local communities.

The legislation could be changed so it only allows poker machines in the two casinos.

 

 

Anglicare Tasmania is calling for pubs and clubs to be freed of poker machines. We want pokie free communities.

Join us and take action today

As a Tasmanian you can guide our elected members on the future of pokies. It is their job to be the voice of the people.

 

If you don’t know which electorate you live in, that’s okay, this handy link will help with that.

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Let them know that when the bill comes before them, you don't want another 20 years of pokies! Click on your electorate below and help us keep the pressure up. We've also provided you with some information about the elected member in your area and where they stand on the issue of pokies.

  • Derwent

    Craig Farrell is the Legislative Council Member for Derwent, which covers the Derwent Valley, Central Highlands, and parts of Hobart’s northern suburbs. Farrell was first elected in 2011 and was re-elected in 2017. Farrell is a member of the Labor party.

    He was a member of the Derwent Valley Council 2002-2011 and served as Deputy Mayor 2009-2011.

    He currently serves as President of the Legislative Council and does not vote unless there is a tie.

    There are 138 pokies in the Derwent LegCo area, in 5 pubs: 2 in New Norfolk, 1 in Claremont, 1 in Bridgewater and 1 in Berriedale.

    Farrell has said little publicly about gambling or pokies.

  • Elwick

    Josh Willie is the Legislative Council Member for Elwick, which covers the Glenorchy area from Berriedale to Moonah. He was elected in 2016.  Willie is a member of the Labor party.

    There are 210 pokies in the Elwick LegCo area, in 6 pubs and 1 club: 3 in Moonah, 3 in Glenorchy and 1 in Derwent Park.
    Willie has campaigned against pokies in pubs and clubs as part of Labor party policy.

    Working as a teacher in the community, you are exposed to family stories of problem gambling and you observe hardship. It is incredibly sad when children are involved. (Hansard, 19 October 2017)

  • Hobart

    Rob Valentine is the Legislative Council Member for Hobart, which covers central Hobart between Lenah Valley and Battery Point. He was first elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2018. Valentine is an Independent not affiliated with any political party.

    He was a member of Hobart City Council 1992-2012 and served as Mayor 1999-2011.

    There are 159 pokies in the Hobart LegCo area, in 7 pubs: 4 in Hobart CBD, 2 in North Hobart and 1 in West Hobart.

    Valentine is opposed to pokies in pubs and clubs.

    Do we want to see Tasmania investing its time and energy in these things when so much social harm comes from them? (Hansard, 19 October 2017)

  • Huon

    Rob Armstrong is the Legislative Council Member for Huon, which covers the Huon and Channel area. Armstrong was first elected in 2014 and will be up for re-election in 2020. Armstrong is an Independent not affiliated with any political party.

    He was a member of the Huon Valley Council 1996-2014 and served as Mayor 2011-2014.

    There are 57 pokies in the Huon LegCo area, in 2 pubs and 1 club: 1 each in Dover, Snug and Huonville.

    Armstrong served on the Future Gaming Markets Committee in 2017 which examined the future of poker machines in Tasmania. He voted against removing pokies from pubs and clubs during that process.

    If people want to gamble, they will gamble. It does not matter whether it is on these machines, on keno, horseracing, Tattslotto or whatever it will be. It is a part of the Australian way of life. (Hansard, 19 October 2017)

  • Launceston

    Rosemary Armitage is the Legislative Council Member for Launceston, which covers central and south Launceston and parts of the Meander Valley. Armitage was first elected in 2011 and re-elected in 2017. Armitage is an Independent not affiliated with any political party.

    She was a member of the Launceston City Council 2005-2014 and Deputy Mayor of Launceston 2007-2009.

    There are 161 pokies in the Launceston LegCo area, in 6 pubs: 4 in Launceston CBD, 1 in Kings Meadows and 1 in Newstead.

    Armitage has said little publicly about gambling or pokies.

  • McIntyre

    Tania Rattray is the Legislative Council Member for McIntyre, which covers the North East and parts of the Northern Midlands, Meander valley and Kentish. She was first elected in 2004 and was re-elected in 2010 and 2016. Rattray is an Independent not affiliated with any political party.

    There are 165 pokies in the McIntyre LegCo area, in 8 pubs and 1 club: 2 each in Scottsdale and St Helens and 1 in Bridport, Westbury, Deloraine, Longford and Perth.

    Rattray was a member of the Future Gaming Markets Committee which examined the future of pokies in Tasmania. She voted against removing pokies from pubs and clubs during that process.

    It is about trying to achieve a balance for a legal operation for adults that is already in the community. (Hansard, 19 October 2017)

  • Mersey

    Mike Gaffney is the Legislative Council Member for Mersey, which covers Devonport and the Latrobe area. He was first elected in 2009 and was re-elected in 2015. Gaffney is an Independent not affiliated with any political party.

    He was a member of Latrobe Council 1994-2014, and served as Mayor 2002-2014.

    There are 280 pokies in the Mersey LegCo area, in 9 pubs and 1 club: 6 in Devonport, 2 in East Devonport and 1 each in Port Sorell and Latrobe.

    Gaffney was Chair of the Future Gaming Markets Committee in 2017 which examined the future of pokies in Tasmania. He is opposed to pokies in pubs and clubs.

    There are many victims of problem gambling who go largely unnoticed – the partners and kids who go without dinner because of the money lost on the pokies. (Hansard, 17 October 2017)

  • Montgomery

    Leonie Hiscutt is the Legislative Council Member for Montgomery, which covers east and south Burnie, the Central Coast and some of Kentish. She was first elected in 2013 and re-elected in 2019. Hiscutt is a member of the Liberal party.

    There are 180 pokies in the Montgomery LegCo area, in 5 pubs and 2 clubs: 4 in Ulverstone and 1 in each of Burnie, Penguin and Sheffield.

    Hiscutt has said nothing publicly about gambling or pokies.

  • Murchison

    Ruth Forrest is the Legislative Council Member for Murchison, which covers the West Coast, far North West and some of Burnie. She was first elected in 2005 and was re-elected in 2011 and 2017. Forrest is an Independent not affiliated with any political party.

    There are 305 pokies in the Murchison LegCo area, in 14 pubs: 3 in Burnie, 2 in each of Smithton, Wynyard, Somerset and Queenstown and 1 in each of Strahan, Rosebery and Zeehan.

    Forrest is opposed to pokies in pubs and clubs.

    If we had to compile a list of things that society could do without, I am sure poker machines would be included. (Hansard, 17 October 2017)

  • Nelson

    Meg Webb is the Legislative Council Member for Nelson, which covers the area south of Hobart from Sandy Bay to Blackmans Bay. She was elected in 2019. Webb is an Independent not affiliated with any political party.

    Her background is in the social services sector, where she advocated strongly against pokies.

    There are 30 pokies in the Nelson LegCo area, in 1 pub in Kingston.

    Webb is opposed to pokies in pubs and clubs.

  • Pembroke

    Jo Siejka is the Legislative Council Member for Pembroke, which covers much of Hobart’s Eastern Shore. She was elected in a by-election in 2017 and re-elected in 2019.

    She was chief executive officer of Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT), the peak body for the interests of young people in the state. During this time YNOT was publically opposed to pokies. Siejka is a member of the Labor party.

    There are 120 pokies in the Pembroke LegCo area, in 4 pubs, 1 each in Lindisfarne, Mornington, Howrah and Bellerive.

    Removing poker machines in the community would help to reduce problem gambling behaviours, challenge a culture that broadly accepts gambling, and have a positive impact for the broader community. (YNOT submission to the Future Gaming Markets Inquiry)

  • Prosser

    Jane Howlett is the Legislative Council Member for Prosser, which covers Brighton, Sorell, the Tasman Peninsula, much of the Midlands and part of the East Coast. She was elected in 2018. Howlett is a member of the Liberal party.

    There are 150 pokies in the Prosser LegCo area, in 7 pubs: 1 in each of Campbell Town, Dodges Ferry, Dunalley, Sorell, Orford, Bicheno and Brighton.

    Howlett has said nothing publicly about gambling or pokies.

  • Rosevears

    Kerry Finch is the Legislative Council Member for Rosevears, which covers the West Tamar region and some of western and northern Launceston. He was first elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2008 and 2014. Finch is an Independent not affiliated with any political party.

    There are 145 pokies in the Rosevears LegCo area, in 6 pubs: 2 in Launceston and 1 in each of Exeter, Beauty Point, Prospect and Riverside.

    While Finch has had little to say specifically about pokies, he explains his role in the upper house is “to keep a close eye on the State Government, carefully scrutinizing every Bill that comes to us from the Lower House”.

  • Rumney

    Sarah Lovell is the Legislative Council Member for Rumney, which covers Old Beach, Richmond, Cambridge, Rokeby and South Arm. She was elected in 2017. Lovell is a member of the Labor party.

    There are 85 pokies in the Rumney LegCo area, in 3 pubs: 1 in each of Midway Point, Lauderdale and East Risdon.
    Lovell has campaigned against pokies in pubs and clubs as part of Labor party policy.

    There’s a huge amount of evidence about the harm that pokies do. (The Mercury, 7 January 2018)

  • Windermere

    Ivan Dean is the Legislative Council Member for Windermere, which covers much of East Launceston, George Town and the East Tamar region. Dean was first elected in 2003 and was re-elected in 2009 and 2015.Dean is an Independent not affiliated with any political party.

    There are 180 pokies in the Windermere LegCo area, in 6 pubs and 1 club: 2 in each of George Town and Ravenswood and 1 in each of Launceston CBD, Mowbray and Rocherlea.

    Dean is concerned about the effect pokies have on people.

    It is no different to somebody coming up and saying, ‘Stick-up, hand over your money’, no real difference at all. You are not going to win. (Hansard, 19 October 2017)

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The Parliament will have a role; the legislation will need to be agreed to by the Parliament in terms of the positions we take…The Parliament will be the ultimate arbiter of our policy on this. ~Peter Gutwein, Treasurer of Tasmania

Pokies cost too many Tasmanians their health, relationships, job or home.

1 in 3 Tasmanians know someone seriously harmed by gambling on pokies. 4 out of 5 Tasmanians want pokies reduced in number or totally removed from pubs and clubs. Nearly 6 in 10 Tasmanians prefer Labor’s policy of removing pokies from pubs and clubs rather than the Liberal’s policy of keeping pokies in our communities for at least another 20 years, until 2043.

Tasmanians know that pokies cause harm. We can still get them out of our communities if we work together because the Government will have to put its pokies legislation through Parliament.