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Election Survey - Western Australia 2013 - Q7

Q7 - Gambling

WA has fewer problem gamblers than all other states and territories. That is because poker machines, the most highly addictive form of gambling, are not available in local pubs and clubs in this state. The WA Parliament should keep it that way.

Would you vote to retain the ban on pokies in any part of WA outside the Burswood Casino? 

Party Reply Score

WA Labor Party

WA Labor supports retaining the current ban on poker machines in Western Australia.


Liberal Party

A re-elected Liberal Government will continue the long-held bi-partisan policy for no gaming machines in Western Australia outside the Casino. The Government's policy of allowing "destination gambling" versus "convenience gambling" is credited with Western Australia continually recording the lowest levels of problem gambling in Australia.

Family First Party                                                                                                    

Yes definitely.
The Greens 

Yes.  Our concern has always been to find the right balance between accepting racing and wagering as a legitimate form of entertainment, and income for some, and ensuring that the balance is not tipped too far by encouraging people to become involved in a gambling habit that they cannot sustain.


The Nationals



Australian Christians                                                                                               

Australian Christians believes that gambling is harmful and destructive to families, society and the economy. The party will do all it can to ensure that access to gambling is restricted. This includes ensuring that no pokies are allowed into pubs or sporting clubs across WA. We believe that those that profit out of gambling need to compensate for the harm that they cause to the community. Australian Christians will push the case that those profiting from gambling should provide adequate assistance to problem gamblers and their families.


Authorised by: David Phillips, FamilyVoice Australia, 4th Floor, 68 Grenfell St, Adelaide SA 5000


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