Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson on gambling Senator Larissa Waters today helped launch the ‘PokieLeaks’ campaign with Senator Nick Xenophon and independent Andrew Wilkie MP.
“Australians lose $11 billion on the pokies every year, while the pokies industry uses scams, tricks and rigged machines which are designed to be addictive.
“PokieLeaks is an opportunity for those with inside information on rigged poker machines, illegal industry practices and dodgy donations to political parties to leak directly to the MPs under the protection of Parliamentary privilege.
“If people have information about pokie industry scams and rip-offs which are hurting ordinary Australians, they can send them to me, Nick or Andrew to assist with our Parliamentary work.
“Australians deserve to know that they’re being ripped off, and we can help by exposing these dodgy scams in the Parliament.
“Avoiding this kind of scrutiny is exactly why the gambling lobby donated hundreds of thousands to the old parties in the federal election.
“Until we get big money out of politics in Australia, the old parties will continue to serve their paymasters in the gambling lobby, and Australians will keep getting ripped off.
“If you have information about dishonest or illegal behaviour in the pokies industry that can help us hold them to account in Parliament, we can protect your identity.
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