So how did Australia evolve into a pokie nation?

Why are these machines so addictive?

These and many other questions will be discussed at this unique opportunity for community conversations on Thursday 20th September, 5.30pm-7.00pm at Nowra Library with Drew Rooke – author of this ground-breaking new book

Almost 200,000 poker machines sing and flash in pubs, clubs, and casinos in every corner of the country and NSW has 10% of the world’s most voracious machines.They’re highly complex devices, designed by mathematicians, musicians, animators, and ergonomic experts. Considered the ‘Crack Cocaine’ of gambling they are the greatest cause of gambling harms in Australia.


In his new book, One Last Spin, journalist Drew Rooke has conducted candid interviews with those affected by gambling harms, politicians, manufacturers, neuroscientists, counsellors, gambling reform campaigners, and gambling advocates.

Meet the author and join us for some refreshments and community discussion about his findings.

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