The Poison of the Pokie Industry

Monday, 11 April 2016
From Tim Costello, Chair of the Australian Churches Gambling Taskforce.

As the Chair of the Australian Churches Gambling Taskforce and a Common Grace Board Member, I’m excited to send you a new video, which premiered on ABC 7:00 National News last night.

It's a short, cheeky video that shows how poker machines are designed to deceive. And there are now 200,000 of them in Australia, resulting in losses of $32 million every day.

As a Christian, I am profoundly saddened by how poker machines target society’s most vulnerable and ruin lives, and feel compelled to make a stand to see an end to this injustice. This is why Common Grace is proud to be a part of the ‘Pokies Play You’ campaign being run by a diverse coalition of community groups called the Alliance for Gambling Reform.

In recent months, we have been busy building the case for a landmark legal challenge against the multi-billion gambling industry. Pro bono lawyers for the Alliance for Gambling Reform will argue that the machines are illegal, because they break Australian consumer law.

The reality is that many Australians do not know the outrageous action that this industry has been allowed to get away with for so long. That’s why we’ve produced this short video that explains the poker machine con-job that’s at the heart of our court action.

Now’s the time to spread the word. We need people to see this video in their email, and on facebook. You can help get the word out by sharing this video by email and facebook with friends and suggesting they sign up for the Alliance.

There’s a lot to be done in coming months. But I’m excited by the impact we can make.  

Yours in Christ,

Tim Costello

Pokies Truth

Selling poison apples would cause a national outrage. Profiting from rigged poker machines is just as wrong. Watch this cheeky video, and help spread the word.

Posted by Pokies Play You on Saturday, 9 April 2016

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