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To Prime Minister Julia Gillard:

We urge you to take action to tackle problem gambling in Australia. Requiring problem gamblers to pre-commit how much they are willing to lose will help problem gamblers kick a habit that's hurting far too many Australian families.

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Profiteering poker-machine operators are gearing up to spend $20 million to derail Government plans to kick Australia’s pokie addiction. Prime Minister Gillard committed to help gambling-affected families -- but insiders fear she’ll back-track in the face of pressure from vested interests.

The key reform, requiring problem-gamblers to set a daily spending cap, would go a long way to preventing addiction and ensure gamblers' families have money for basics like groceries and rent. Former problem gamblers have given the plan the nod, but pokie operators who profit from the misery of problem-gambling are counting on a mining industry style PR campaign to win public sympathy and scuttle the plan.

To tip the balance we need to show what the public really thinks. Let’s create a massive petition to end pokie addiction and help the PM keep her word. When the petition reaches 100,000 we'll deliver it to Gillard and the media -- sign now and share this with everyone you know.

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