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Keep up-to-date with news on our activities, events and our wins, as we work together to put pokies in their place.

Sophia’s speech in NSW Parliament
Aged 11, Sophia knew what she would do if she was Premier for the day – ban all pokies. Watch Sophia’s speech for the 2022 Bear Pit Speaking Competition, where she was runner up.
Gambling reform launch at Parliament House
Wesley Mission, faith groups and civil society organisations launched our policy reform platform, calling for leaders to ‘Put pokies in their place’. The campaign calls upon the NSW Parliament to implement meaningful reforms to prevent and reduce gambling harm.

Media releases

Survey on NSW gambling attitudes overwhelmingly supports cashless gambling cards
Friday 24 March 2023
Gambling reform: Facial recognition technology more intrusive and less effective than a mandatory card
Tuesday 14 March 2023
Wesley Mission welcomes Coalition policy on gambling reform, but is disappointed at extended timeline for a mandatory cashless gaming card
Monday 6 February 2023
Cross-section of NSW electorates show shocking harm from poker machines rife across the state
Monday 6 February 2023
“Poker machine reform is a serious public health issue, not a PR exercise; the ClubsNSW plan is as useful as a bandaid at a car crash”
Monday 30 January 2023

Other media

The Sydney Morning Herald has been running a series of stories about the gambling industry in NSW, gambling harm and gambling reform. You can find them grouped here Topic | Gambling | The Sydney Morning Herald (

Survey on NSW gambling attitudes overwhelmingly supports cashless gambling cards

NSW Gambling reforms – would they work in NZ?

Daily pokies losses in NSW hit $23.7million

Are criticisms of gambling reforms based on debunked data? You bet

Gambling reform: Treasurer attacks NSW Labor’s cashless gaming trial

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