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Poker machine licence extension

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The State Government has announced the entitlement term for licences for poker machines to be extended to 2045.

The MAV has argued that that the shortest possible period should have been granted to allow for government changes to both the placement and the design, with all we now know about the harm caused by pokies in communities, and the addictive nature of the machine’s design.

With the State Government response to harm reduction measures still to be released, the MAV continues to advocate for machine redesign, sinking caps on the number of machines, and more control for councils and their communities in licensing decisions.