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Council stands proud on the steps of parliament to say no to pokies

Council stands proud on the steps of parliament to say no to pokies

Monday, October 30, 2017

The City of Whittlesea is proud to be supporting the Alliance for Gambling Reform’s first ever Women Against Pokies Rally, to be held on the Steps of State Parliament at 10am on Tuesday 31 October.


Featuring a number of prominent female guest speakers from various levels of government, the rally is aimed at providing female leaders with a platform to speak about the public health epidemic that is gambling harm caused by poker machines.


City of Whittlesea Councillor, and MAV President, Mary Lalios said the poker machine industry is a male-dominated one, with men making decisions that have a huge impact on communities.

“Many of the victims of gambling harm are women – whether that be as a wife, mother, sister or daughter,” she said.

“We are so pleased to be working with the Alliance to provide a platform for women with personal experience to have their voices heard.

“Our area is currently ranked 6 out of 70 Local Government Areas for poker machine losses in Victoria, this is not good enough and it’s time to take a stand against this issue.

“There are close links between gambling harm and family violence – two key issues that impact our community.”

“We need to see policy reforms when it comes to poker machines, that is why we are joining the Alliance to call for this change to take place.”

Guest speakers at the rally include:

  • Upper House Greens MP, Colleen Hartland
  • Upper House Reason Party MP, Fiona Patten
  • Independent Shepparton MP, Suzanna Sheed
  • MAV President & Whittlesea Councillor, Mary Lalios
  • Moreland Mayor, Helen Davidson
  • Reform advocate, Anna Bardsley
  • Reform advocate, Joanna McKenzie
  • Event MC, Dr Susan Rennie

For further information about the Alliance for Gambling Reform visit