Ban Pokies in pubs and clubs in New Zealand
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I am calling for a total ban in New Zealand of Pokie machines in Pubs, RSAs, Clubs and venues other than Casinos.
The proliferation of Pokies in NZ affects all walks of life but is particularly damaging to areas like the Far North District with $14 million in revenue taken in by Pokies in the last year!
As Dr Lance O'Sullivan says this is money that should be in the hands and mouths of the people of the North.
I have personally been addicted to what I call "the P of gambling" an instant hit and thrill that gives you a small win back to lure you in to keep playing. These machines with flashing lights and music that lulls you in to keep playing longer are a scourge on our society and need to be addressed.
I have seen business people, mothers, grandparents, sportspeople, politicians, lawyers and ALL walks of life addicted and affected by Pokie machines.
Its time to say NO and ban these.
I am calling for The Rt Hon PM Jacinda Adern as Minister of Child Poverty to take this on as a personal issue. Banning Pokies WILL put more money in the hands of NZers and therefore can help with the child poverty epidemic.
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