A WARRNAMBOOL psychologist says the consequences for families living with problem gamblers are huge and the so called contributions to the community from pokies are minimal.
Nanjing Night Net

The Australian Psychological Society south-west branch chairman Lyn Brown said the ramifications for problem gamblers were problematic.

“The consequences for families and the individuals who engage on a regular basis are ongoing,” she said.

“It’s particularly pokies that I’m against.

“They have no social component or cognitive element.

“Then we have major campaigns about the community gains of gaming machines that go to sporting ovals but which is really such a minimal level.

“As a community we could find that money in what we put into pokies,” she said.

“The consequences for families are the dishonesty and hiding the behaviour.

“There is a lack of feeling that the relationship is based on openness.

“There is also the money that could have been spent on other needs of the family and is going into that individual, who is dependent on the act.

“There are consequences for the family on every level.”

Between January and December last year $18 million was lost to pokies in the Warrnambool City Council municipality.

Yesterday The Standard incorrectly reported the figure at $31 million.

For the same period $40 million went into poker machines across five municipalities in the region.

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