2024 Tasmanian State Election Joint Statement on Poker Machines in Tasmania

We, the undersigned, call on all parties and candidates to commit to making poker machines safer for all consumers by:

1.                 1,      completing the implementation of the universal, pre-commitment card with the below four essential features (recommended by the Tasmanian Liquor and Gaming Commission:

•         Binding pre-commitment with default loss limits.
•         Applies to all people using poker machines.
•         A single system across all venues.
•         A single card per person.

2.         Introducing safer machine design features, including:

o          $1 bet limits;

o          Slower spin speeds (six seconds);

o          Prohibiting ‘losses disguised as wins;’

o          Smaller jackpots;

o          Higher return to player; and

  o          Reduced opening hours for poker machine venues.

 Joint statement signatories:
• Anglicare Tasmania
• Australian Education Union (AEU)
• CatholicCare Tasmania
• Community Legal Centres Tasmania
• Devonport Community House
• Engender Equality
• Health and Community Services Union (HACSU)
• Holyoake Tasmania
• Kristie Johnston MP, Independent Member for Clark
• Lifeline Tasmania
• Rev Jeff McKinnon, Baptist Pastor (retired)
• Mental Health Council of Tasmania (MHCT) Further Reading:
• Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania
• National Council of Women of Tasmania
• No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) Tasmania
• Tasmanian Council of Social Service (TasCOSS)
• The Quaker Peace and Justice Committee Tasmania
• The Salvation Army Tasmania
• The Smith Family
• Unions Tasmania
• Uniting Vic.Tas.
• Women’s Health Tasmania
• Youth, Family and Community Connection (YFCC)
• Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT)