Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Playing The Pokies - Problem Gambling - SBS Insight - 29th April 2008

Media Man Australia is delighted that Peter Holmes a Court, co-owner of South Sydney Rabbitohs accepted the invitation to appear on SBS Insight which goes to air tonight.

Australians are one of the world’s biggest losers when it comes to the Pokies.

Officially, we lose more per capita to poker machines than any other people in the western world.

Australia’s 200,000 poker machines deliver billions of dollars each year to clubs, pubs and state governments. More than a third of it comes from problem gamblers and those who can least afford to lose money.

Meet some of the guests who will be discussing the issues.

Tim Freedman
As lead singer and pianist for the multiple ARIA award winning Australian band, The Whitlams, Tim Freedman was inspired to write the song ‘Blow up the Pokies’ in the 90s as he watched a fellow musician struggle with a pokies habit.

Peter Holmes a Court
The very rich and high profile co-owners of the South Sydney Football Club, Russell Crowe and Peter Holmes a Court, have banded together to strip the club of all its poker machines. Executive Chairman Peter Holmes a Court joins us to discuss why they’ve decided to throw out the pokies from their Redfern premises.

Anthony Ball
Anthony Ball is the Executive Manager - Policy and Development with ClubsNSW. He works with ClubsNSW members, key stakeholders and government to develop policy in areas such as taxation, smoking, liquor reform and problem gambling.

Senator – elect Nick Xenophon
Nick Xenophon will join the Senate in July after a career in state politics in South Australia since 1997. Nick has made the switch to the federal parliament to tackle the state governments on their reliance on pokies revenue to fund essential public services.

Ross Ferrar
Ross Ferrar is the Executive Officer of the Australasian Gaming Machine Manufacturers Association. The Association represents gaming machine giants such as Aristocrat Technologies and International Game Technology Australia.


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