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CANBERRANS THINK POKER MACHINES ARE HURTING THE COMMUNITY

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Canberrans from both sides of politics want major gambling reform, according to a new poll.

The poll of over 700 locals, commissioned by Anglicare, found the majority support a number of key reforms..

Over 80% support the introduction of a mandatory pre-commitment scheme, 78% want to see access to cash in venues limited to $250 per card per day and 78% support maximum $1 bets.

CEO of Anglicare NSW South & ACT Jeremy Halcrow hopes the findings are a wake-up call.

“We hope it encourages politicians right across the spectrum to take this issue more seriously and not to be afraid of the clubs industry,” he said.

“We're really concerned the ACT hasn't got harm minimisation practices that are best practice compared to overseas and other states around Australia."

Meanwhile, the ACT Government plans to introduce a few gambling harm reform bills in the Legislative Assembly this week.

The availability of cash withdrawals in gaming venues and supporting local clubs to reduce their reliance on gaming machine revenue, are among the issues to be discussed.

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