“This election has clearly demonstrated that poker machines are an issue of major concern to Tasmanians,” said Meg Webb, manager of Anglicare’s Social Action and Research Centre.

“An ERMS poll conducted before the election showed that the majority of those surveyed supported a policy of removing poker machines from hotels and clubs,” said.

“Many people from across the political spectrum share our vision for pokie-free communities,” said Ms Webb. “Post-election we encourage Tasmanians to contact their local Members of Parliament to keep voicing those concerns”.

“As we have for the past two decades, Anglicare will continue to provide evidence-based research on this issue,” she said. “We will keep advocating for the removal of poker machines from hotels and clubs as we know too well the damage caused by having a dangerous product located in local communities. And, as always, Anglicare – along with our colleagues in other community service organisations - will keep delivering support and help to the many individuals and families whose lives are being harmed by poker machines”.