Gambling Harm

We need your voice on the issue of gambling harm in our communities. If you are concerned about the effect of pokies in your community and the targeting of, and impact on, vulnerable familes, please read on – and please consider making a Submission. We’ve tried to make it as easy as possible to do :-)

The GAMBLING (GAMBLING HARM REDUCTION) AMENDMENT BILL is a private member’s bill in the name of Maori MP Te Ururoa Flavell.
Please note: this bill applies to pokies in suburbs and towns – not casinos. That’s a separate issue :-)

Purpose
The aim of this Bill is to enable “local authorities, in consultation with their communities, to reduce the number of, or even eliminate, pokies from those suburbs and towns where they are particularly concentrated or doing particular harm”. The Bill also changes the responsibility for distributing pokie funds and “proposes to give gamblers more ability to limit and control their own gambling behaviour through player tracking and pre-commit cards”.

Background
“Electronic gambling machines (pokies) venues tend to be overly represented in lower income communities and town centres. Māori and Pasifika populations are effectively beingdisproportionately targeted and often severely harmed by them. The harm generated by pokies in terms of poverty, relationship break-up, depression, domestic violence, crime, neglected children, and the greatest losses by gamblers from pokie machines tend also to be drawn disproportionately from Māori, Pasifika, and lower income communities and families”

FAMILY FIRST SUPPORTS THE INTENT OF THE BILL

  1. Enabling local authorities in consultation with their communities to:
    * reduce the number of pokie machines in their districts
    * determine where pokie machines may be sited
    * how the proceeds can be distributed
  2. Giving gamblers more ability to limit and control their own gambling behaviour through player tracking devices and pre-commit cards
  3. Requiring the distribution of proceeds to be carried out primarily for the benefit of community organisations operating within the geographic community in which the venue is located

READ Family First NZ’s Submission
READ about the Bill
READ more helpful info from the Problem Gambling Foundation

PLEASE MAKE A SUBMISSIONDUE 21 June 2012

* Make an online submission (at bottom of page) http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/SC/MakeSub/5/0/3/50SCCO_SCF_00DBHOH_BILL10323_1-Gambling-Gambling-Harm-Reduction-Amendment.htm OR
* Send 2 copies of submission by freepost to:
Committee Secretariat,
Commerce, Parliament Buildings Wellington

KEY POINTS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR SUBMISSION
(include any or all – depending on which you agree with )
* you support the intent of the bill
* While we acknowledge that the community benefits from the grants made by Gambling Trusts, the social costs and net losses of participants well exceeds the community gains. Vulnerable families should not be sacrificed simply because charitable organisations need funding
* The targeting of gambling venues in lower socio-economic areas proves that they are being targeted at vulnerable people.
* Significant risk factors include being between 25-34, Maori or Pacific ethnicity, lower educational attainment, being employed and living alone. Health Ministry figures show 36% of clients of problem gambling services last year were Maori, more than twice their 15% share of the population.
* problem gambling is strongly associalted with risky drinking behaviour, smoking, poverty, relationship break-up, depression and other mental health problems, domestic violence and child abuse, crime, neglected children
* The Australian Productivity commission found that 5 to 10 other people can be directly affected to varying degrees by the behaviour of a problem gambler.
YOU SUPPORT:
1. Enabling local authorities in consultation with their communities to
* reduce the number of pokie machines in their districts
* Determine where pokie machines may be sited
* How the proceeds can be distributed
2. Giving gamblers more ability to limit and control their own gambling behaviour through player tracking devices and pre-commit cards
3. Requiring the distribution of proceeds to be carried out primarily for the benefit of community organisations operating within the geographic community in which the venue is located

Thanks for speaking up for vulnerable families

Bob McCoskrie
National Director

Former gambling trust administrator sentenced over misuse of $1.7m
NZ Herald 27 Feb 2014
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11210382

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