Greens Commit to PokieLeaks

Following the Federal announcement from Greens Senator Larissa Waters, Senator Nick Xenophon and Andrew Wilkie MP to use parliamentary privilege to protect whistleblowers from the gambling industry; the ACT Greens have extended the PokieLeaks campaign to whistleblowers in the ACT who have information about industry tactics, poker machine design and payments, and committed to putting that information into the public domain.

"The Greens will always put people before pokies - in the Assembly and in the community," said ACT Greens spokesperson for Gaming Michael Mazengarb.

"Putting the community first means not only standing up to clubs, the casino and the Liberal and Labor parties to reduce the number of pokies in Canberra; it also means being a voice for the community in the Assembly when people have information about the gambling lobby that the public deserve to know about.

"We know that here in the ACT, and around the country, political parties profit from pokie machines. It's the people addicted to gambling that they hurt.

"Not only are we committed to ending political donations from the gambling lobby and getting big money out of politics, but we are committed to protecting whistleblowers who have information about these highly addictive machines and the industry that backs them.

"Australians lose more money per person than anywhere else on the face of the earth to poker machines. That includes more than the 4,000 people in Canberra who show moderate or higher risk gambling behaviour.

"The ACT Greens will always put our community before the multi-billion dollar gambling industry that profits from addiction, and we will protect any whistleblowers who come forward with information during the next ACT Assembly."