Gambling gallops on, stats reveal – but what can be done to curb its harms?

29.08.16 | The Conversation

Sports betting losses on the rise as Australians lose almost $23 billion to gambling in past year

29.08.16 | ABC News

Campbelltown punters turn over $1.7 billion a year on the pokies

18.08.16 | Campbelltown Macarthur Advertiser

Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation re-airs on ABC1 as pokies hit political agenda again

16.08.16 | Tasmanian Times

Players have tipped $50 billion into Victoria’s poker machines since their 1992 introduction

16.08.16 | Herald Sun

Poker machine reform raises stakes for Woolworths supermarket chain

26.07.16 | The Age

Gambling reform: Nick Xenophon, Andrew Wilkie to take pokies fight to marginal seats

26.07.16 | ABC News

The grass roots campaign trying to get sports clubs to ditch poker machines and gaming company sponsorships

26.07.16 | ABC News

Australia’s problem with gambling

26.07.16 | Newcastle Herald

Pokies hitting poorer suburbs harder, study finds

14.07.16 | ABC News


“Ka-Ching is a powerful and accessible documentary that clearly demonstrates how poker machines are designed to addict, the damage they do, and how unique Australia is in allowing them throughout our community, at a terrible cost.”

Meg Webb, Manager, Social Action and Research Centre, Anglicare Tasmania


“A game-changing film in the pokie debate. It leaves no doubt regarding the dangerous, addictive nature of EGMs and the ‘no win’ reality for those who use them.”

Mark Brown, Tasmanian Director, Australian Christian Lobby


“Not just the story of the human misery caused by addiction to poker machines, Pokie Nation investigates the work of the mathematicians, musicians and designers who pour all their brilliance into making sure people keep playing down to their last dollar, and speaks with various scientists, including neuroscientists, who explain why poker machines are now formally recognised as an addiction alongside cocaine and heroin.”

Sydney Morning Herald ★★★1/2 stars


“Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation, produced by Neil Lawrence and Mitzi Goldman, is impressive stuff, on par with a Four Corners investigation.”

TV Tonight ★★★★ stars


“When the master at getting inside people’s heads makes a film warning you about who else has got in there, it’s time to pay attention. Neil Lawrence’s Ka-Ching! is proof that no matter how many times you play the pokies, the pokies will always play you.”

Andrew Denton