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Here's everyone who has & hasn't committed to pokies reform in NSW

Updated: Jan 10, 2023

The issue is taking centre stage ahead of the state election on March 25.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet is right now supporting pokies reform in the form of a cashless gambling card on poker machines in the state, just weeks out from the state election which will be held on March 25.

The Liberals are supporting it, though one of its senior MPs - David Elliott has questioned whether it would work. Meanwhile, their Coalition partners - The Nationals - are so far not backing the premier's plan.

Other parties who are supporting it include The Greens, One Nation and the Animal Justice Party.

Family First's Lyle Shelton - running in the state election with the Independent Lyle Shelton Group as his party is not registered - has announced its support as well.

Independent MPs Helen Dalton, Alex Greenwich, Greg Piper, Joe McGirr and Justin Field have also all thrown their support behind it, as have Unions NSW.

All members of the Georges River Council - made up of 5 Labor councillors, 5 Liberal councillors, 4 members of the Georges River Residents and Ratepayers Party and 1 independent - Ben Wang.

However, ALP councillor & state election candidate Ashvini Ambihaipahar left the meeting.

Currently, NSW Labor has not committed to supporting it, with reports they are coming up with their own plan to tackle the issue of problem gambling.

Shooters, Fishers and Farmers leader Robert Borsak said in 2021 that the proposal was 'ridiculous,' and the party - which has gone from 5 MPs to 2 in the NSW Parliament since then - does not appear to have changed its stance.

Independent MP Tania Mihailuk criticised the plan when she was a Labor member and also has not indicated she now supports it.

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