ANTI-POKIES crusaders will take the fight against the AFL industry’s growing reliance on gaming cash to footy’s home ground today, with a protest at the MCG before the Collingwood-Carlton match.
Alliance for Gambling Reform leader Tim Costello (pictured) has been waiting for the AFL to act on the pokies issue since a meeting he had with league boss Gillon McLachlan and Senator Nick Xenophon at AFL House in December last year....
“Gillon said he wanted to have a serious conversation about ‘con-free’ machines but so far we’ve heard nothing,” Costello said.
Poker machines pump about $100 million a year into the AFL economy.
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Costello, decked out in a “I love footy. I hate pokies” T-shirt, will from noon today unveil two replica poker machines that will show how much Carlton and Collingwood reap from poker machines each week.
The Melbourne Cricket Club has approved the demonstration in Yarra Park.
The Alliance has no choice but to talk to the fans who love their game, and don’t want to see it destroyed by unjustifiable greed.
The Alliance will also soon release a TV ad targeting the football industry.
The ad says the AFL knows poker machines are manufactured to target the same part of the brain as cocaine.
“If a player rigged an AFL game, he would never play again. But currently, the AFL wants you and I to play these rigged machines, again and again and again,” the ad says.
The Herald Sun this year revealed details of the meeting between McLachlan and other senior AFL executives with Costello and senator Xenophon.
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