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http://www.clubpubfail.com/ - further discussion - Fighting for Gambling Reform.
http://breathliftlive.com - A great Blog to visit for partners & familys of problem Gamblers
Help Sheets Avaliable
Download the Gambling Impact Society's help sheets to help with individuals and their famalies. Visit Here
Less Than Even DVD
order our "Less than Even" DVD, "Against The Odds" Youth & Gambling CD-ROM or "Women and Gambling" Information Kit.
Problem Gambling: A Self Help Guide for families.
Download a free copy of out latest resource - Problem Gambling: A Self Help Guide for families.
Hard copies of this resource can be ordered from Gambling Help NSW
Additional self help resources can be found at
Public Seminar May 17th Wollongong
The Gambling Impact Society (NSW) is pleased to announce their annual Responsible Gambling Awareness Week Seminar to be held at Wollongong University Innovation campus on May 17th (see attached program).
In a year of potential National Gambling Reform we invite you to come along and be part of the current debate. Guest Speakers include Senator Nick Xenophon, academic researchers from the University of Wollongong and Southern Cross University along with a range of interesting speakers on innovative programs addressing problem gambling.
The new GIS Consumer Voice Peer Spokespeople pilot program for the Illawarra and Shoalhaven - a first for NSW will be launched.
Please see program and website for further details www.gisnsw.org.au
This is a popular low cost community education event so register early and don't miss out (registration form attached).
Stop The Loss
Read the factsheet Here
Stop The Loss advert:
Read GIS newsletter about Pokies reforms and opinions. Here
The Gambling Impact Society has joined the "Stop the Loss" coalition of community organisations to maintain the pressure on the government and all our political representatives to develop real and meaningful reforms to poker machines and reduce problem gambling in Australia. Our recent disappointment with the political process will only serve to strengthen the resolve of this campaign to ensure a greater voice for those who have suffered the negative consequences and the major damage of a poker machine addiction.
Here at the GIS we support ongoing community education, support services for individuals and families and the development of prevention and early intervention programs. But most importantly in relation to poker machine gambling we believe this is a product safety issue. Consumers need tools and bet limits to enable them to maintain safe play with what we know after 11 years of evidence based research and two Productivity Commission enquiries (1999 & 2010) is a product of "dangerous consumption".
The Stop the Loss Campaign will be working to increase understanding by the community as to why meaningful reform is necessary and create a balance to the misinformation promulgated by the gambling industry to undermine such change. This is your time to get involved . So visit the website, read the material that will be sent to over 1 million Australian households and get a balanced view. This is your Country, your community, your families and your consumer right to a safe product.
We Love Pokies Reform
Please find attached details of a consumer campaign to support the proposed gambling reforms. As members of our concerned community you can choose to support this campaign by asking for a Valentine Card to be delivered to parliament on 14th February - A Pink One to represent every person you know who has had a gambling problem or has been negatively affected by the gambling of another. In addition you can pick a white one to ask for your Federal MP to support these reforms and red ones are for anyone who has directly had a gambling problem.
Please provide information about this campaign to your friends and family so they may also have an opportunity to take part . The attached poster can be downloaded as a flyer to hand out or forward by email to those you think may be interested. Please forward it to you broader community networks for their consideration as well.
This is an important time for community action on problem gambling - we hope we can rely on your support.
Father Chris Riley: Priest Of The Pokies
Read why Father Chris Riley does not support pokies pre-commitment, as it will "strip money from the charities." Revealing his main concern of losing the money he recieves from Clubs Australia.
Gambling Reform Advocates
Malcolm Turnbull, Liberal Member for Wentworth and Shadow Minister for Communications and Broadband is conducting a survey on poker machine reform as part of the Coalition's consultation on gambling reform.
Rev Tim Costello, Chair of the Australian Churches Gambling Taskforce welcomes the survey. This video is also available on Malcolm Turnbull's site.
The survey contains useful links to research and data and will take about 15 minutes to complete.
If you decide to complete the survey, it might be worth noting that the Australian Churches Gambling Taskforce supports:
· Mandatory pre commitment measures on high intensity machines
· $1 maximum bets
· Removal of ATMs from gambling venues
· Additional resources for counselling
· Addressing live betting during sporting matches
The Taskforce does not support
· Voluntary pre commitment measures
The survey is available here: http://www.malcolmturnbull.com.au/uncategorized/survey-on-problem-gambling/
For background on the Taskforce's position please visit www.gamblingreform.org
Or visit UnitingCare Australia's community engagement website:
GIS Chairperson Kate Roberts on Sky News.
See the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEajuOf0i6w
Facts about pre-commitment - HERE
Kate Roberts asks -Do Clubs Really Understand Problem Gambling?
"The issue of problem gambling should not be the club's issue. We have members who provide support for the club through the use of facilities and the licenced and gaming services of the club.There is little evidence of problem gamblers using clubs yet it seems clubs are required to meet the substantial costs of compliance to meet the so called problem gambling problem". (Clubs Victoria , Submission in Response to
Pre-Commitment Consultation Paper, 15 Sept, 2010, P.2)