Problem Gambling

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Many Australians enjoy an occasional flutter. However for some, gambling can be highly destructive – ruining lives and destroying families. The biggest cause? The Pokies.

Australians spend nearly $12 billion a year on poker machines and three quarters of people who have a serious problem with gambling are pokie players.

As a community, we have a duty of care to make gambling on poker machines safer and protect people whose gambling is out of control.

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“I would spend $20 and when I lost that I would say no more. But I didn't, I just kept going and I would lose everything.”Belinda

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