Chief Advocate to lead panel at Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation screening

Tim Costello AO, Chief Advocate of World Vision Australia, will lead a panel to discuss the negative impacts of poker machine gambling at a free screening of the ground breaking documentary Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation in Broadmeadows on Thursday 17 May.

Hume Mayor Geoff Porter said Council was concerned about the negative impacts electronic gaming machines may have on the community.

“While high risk gamblers experience the most severe harms related to their gambling, low and moderate risk gamblers can also experience harm to their health and wellbeing, and it doesn’t stop there,” Cr Porter said.

“Research shows for every person who has a problem with gaming, a further seven to ten others are affected, such as their family, friends or colleagues.

“I am pleased to announce that DPV Health are partnering with Council to deliver this event to the Hume community.”

While Hume has seen a decrease in electronic gaming machine expenditure for 2016/17, Hume is still in the top six municipalities in Victoria for electronic gaming machine losses (with expenditure totalling $105,766,410).

In Greater Broadmeadows alone, an average of $1889.00 per adult was lost on electronic gaming machines last financial year, totalling more than $53 million and equalling half of Hume’s total losses.

Cr Porter said Council has this year committed funding to make residents more aware of the harm caused by poker machine gaming.

“This screening of Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation will be accompanied by a question and answer session with a panel of four expert guest speakers, which will allow attendees to ask specific questions and share their views and concerns about pokie machines in their neighbourhood.

“A well-known voice on social justice issues, Tim Costello will spearhead the public debate on gambling and I look forward to hearing the discussion following the screening,” Cr Porter said.

Tim Costello will be joined by Associate Professor Samantha Thomas from Deakin University; Haidi Badawi, Board Member of United Nations Association of Australia (Victoria Division) and Board Director at Disabilities Victoria; and David Efron, a community educator with lived experience of problem gambling.

Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation will be held on Thursday 17 May 2018 from 6.00pm to 9.00pm at the Hume Global Learning Centre – Broadmeadows, 1093 Pascoe Vale Rd, Broadmeadows.

Bookings are essential and can be made online by visiting or RSVP to Council’s Social Planning and Policy Officer Nina Stephen on

Posted on 12:00 PM, 10 May 2018

Updated : 12:16 PM, 10 May 2018

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