Sunday Territorian

Pokies ‘bad neighbour’


PEOPLE who live close to pokies venues are more likely to experience increased financial hardship and mental illhealth, a new report has found.

Researcher­s from Monash University’s Centre for Health Economics found those residing near pokies were also more inclined to gamble or become insolvent or bankrupt.

Based on data from the federal government’s Productivi­ty Commission, up to 170,000 Australian­s experience gambling addiction and about $24.9bn is lost to gambling each year. The results suggested there were “substantia­l harms” to the community.

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