Wilkie and Xenophon Want to Ban Gambling Ads During G-Rated Slots

Andrew Wilkie and Nick Xenophon have spent years campaigning for responsible gambling measures across Australia. Now, they have turned their focus to gambling advertising, in hopes of banning this type of marketing during certain time slots. The exposure of young people to gambling can be harmful. Studies have shown that when children are exposed to[…]

Sports betting companies try to regulate in-play betting

Sportbet has hit out at TAB outlets and clubs for holding back online innovation because they are concerned about their revenue. The Irish gambling organization Paddy Power has expressed concern that the monopoly position has been owned by the Tabcorp and Tatts is unfair, given that the Federal government puts pressure on the corporate bookmakers[…]

The legislation of the live betting and gambling

Peak Sports bodies are pushing hard for the legislation of live online sports betting in Australia, The Sydney Morning Herald has reported. However, the government is worried about the increasing corruption risk of the sports industry. Live betting is currently allowed through TABs and controversially, mobile phones. However, the federal government has considereing reviewing the Interactive Gambling Act[…]

Impact of Pokies in Geelong and other communities

Introduction and setting up of poker machines, can lead to positive outcomes in communities like new jobs and economic benefits for the state through taxation. However it also brings concerns, which could negatively affect some communities way of life – as the Geelong Advertiser reports below… Pokies can become an irresistible temptation throwing away hundreds[…]

Lottery websites could become an addiction

Recently Lottoland allowed around 250,000 Australians to try their hand at the $ 2.1 billion jackpot US Powerball. According to legal experts, this could set in motion a new gambling addiction in an already plagued gambling country. Websites like Lottoland offer services which allows people to “buy tickets” and take part in overseas lotteries. 9 News[…]

SkyCity Adelaide to Undergo $40 Million Renovation

This week, SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison announced the gaming firm’s new deal with the South Australian government. Local politicians have granted the casino operator the chance to renovate SkyCity Adelaide, a project that will cost $40 million. As part of the project, SkyCity Adelaide will be installing new pokies and table games, as well as[…]

Burswood Residents Fight Crown Perth Extension

The Burswood Entertainment Complex is home to James Packer’s Crown Perth casino. The property is also inhabited by several local residents, who are interested in taking legal action against Packer’s plans to build a new $570 million hotel in the complex. The government will sell 5.8 hectares of land to the casino operator for the[…]

Fung Encourages Public to Support New Cairns Casino

The Queensland government has recently granted billionaire Tony Fung permission to build a new mega casino resort near the Great Barrier Reef. Although he has earned the necessary approval from local politicians, Fung also wants the support of the community. “It is very important for me that I come back and get a feel myself[…]

South Australia Imposes New Betting Limits

For the past month, South Australia politicians have worked hard to establish new rules for poker machines and pokie venues. This week, they have finally agreed on new terms that all gaming clubs must agree to. Originally, the plan was to categories pokie venues into two different categories. Minor clubs would be allowed a maximum[…]

New Sydney Casino Could Be Exempt From Smoking Ban

Sydney’s new high-roller casino may be exempt from the public smoking ban, as Crown Casinos CEO aims to appease VIP gamblers. His proposal for the new venue states that it is essential for the gaming floor to permit smoking, but health officials are not convinced that this is a good idea. For the past decade,[…]

Politicians Want to Reopen Christmas Island Casino

Christmas Island was home a casino for four years in the 1990s. It was shut down nearly a decade ago, but an Australian Senate Committee wants to see the venue reopened to benefit the local economy. There are mounting concerns about Christmas Islands’ ability to support itself financially. At the moment, the island’s only money-makers[…]

Gambling Logos Could be Removed From Sports Jerseys

Recently, Australia has seen a crackdown on the gambling advertising industry. Local politicians have targeted betting firms that advertise during televised sporting events, and Julia Gillard has cut down on the amount of ads that these companies may air. Now, politicians have set their sights on sports sponsorships. Around the world, it is common for[…]

Crown Ltd and Echo Entertainment Battle Over Sydney Exclusivity

In 2019, Echo Entertainment no longer has exclusivity in Sydney’s casino market. Crown Casinos is now making plans to encroach on The Star’s territory by building a high roller gambling venue in Barangaroo – but Echo Entertainment has not taken the situation lying down. This week, the company announced its plans to expand its casino[…]

Barangaroo Casino Report to be Released

Premier Barry O’Farrell has refused to publish the results of a report on the viability of the new Bangaroo gambling venue that was proposed by Crown Ltd. Since the beginning of the year, he has kept the findings to himself – but some peer pressure seems to have changed his mind. This week, Labour leader[…]

SkyCity Shortlisted for Casino Development on Gold Coast

The Queensland government is currently in the process of reviewing proposals for a new development on the Gold Coast that will boost tourism. Last year, several companies submitted their ideas, and SkyCity is one operator that has made the cut. SkyCity Entertainment Group is working with the Brookfield Multiplex under the name Azure Consortium. Together,[…]

Crown Casino’s Asian Legal Troubles Could Jeopardize Bangaroo Casino

For months, James Packer and Crown Casinos have been wooing local politicians with plans to build a new high-roller casino in Bangaroo. The plan is close to being given the green light but, unfortunately, for Packer, legal problems in Taiwan could have adverse effects on the plan. Last week, Melco Crown, a joint-venture casino in[…]

Xenophon Wants to Ban Election Betting

This week, SportsBet has released a new ad campaign, reminding punters that it is taking bets for the upcoming election. Local punters can wager on a wide range of markets, including which party will supply the prime minister after the election in September. While punters are excited about the prospect of betting on their political[…]

Federal Government Prepares for Mandatory Pre-Commitment Trial

Poker machine reform legislation was passed at the end of 2012, requiring all gaming clubs and pubs across Australia to equip their machines with voluntary pre-commitment technology. As part of the legislation, the ACT would be required to run a trial of mandatory pre-commitment software, testing whether or not this strategy would be more effective.[…]

MP Wants Auditor General’s Opinion on Crown Casino Proposal

Crown Casino seems to have wooed most Sydney politicians with its plans to build a new high-roller casino in Bangaroo. However, there are some political figures that are not yet convinced, and they require some unbiased examination before they show their support for the plan. Sydney MP Alex Greenwich has written to the Office of[…]

Pokie Reform Comes Early in Victoria

The federal government has passed poker machine reform legislation, and gaming clubs across the country are getting ready to comply with its rules and regulations. While the legislation requires clubs to outfit their machines with voluntary pre-commitment software by 2018, the state of Victoria has set a more ambitious goal. This week, Victorian politicians announced[…]

Pokie Reform Legislation Passes

Poker machine reform has finally passed in Australia, as the local government has finally decided to take a stand against rising gambling addiction rates. The new legislation is the result of more than a year’s hard work by MP Andrew Wilkie to have pre-commitment software installed on all poker machines in the country. While Wilkie[…]

Pokie Reform Passed

For the past year, MP Andrew Wilkie has fought the federal government over poker machine reform. He has insisted that the Julie Gillard pass a number of reforms that would help to curb problem gambling rates. It has been a tug-of-war over the specifics of the reform legislation, but Wilkie has finally won the battle.[…]

Debate Over Gambling at Bendigo Stadium

The operators of Bendigo Stadium in Victoria have had their eyes on 30 new poker machines. Despite having existing pokies license, the city wants to block the introduction of the new games by issuing a requirement for a planning permit. The case is something that has yet to be seen by the Victorian Civil and[…]

Gillard To Hire Committee for Pokie Reform Trial

Just last week, MP Andrew Wilkie had shown signs of giving up on the mandatory pre-commitment trial that was scheduled to take place next year in the ACT. However, the federal government is finally making some progress towards ensuring that the trial actually takes place. Prime Minister Julia Gillard has recently announced that she is[…]

ACT Prepared Not to Take Part in Pokies Trial

The mandatory pre-commitment pokies trial planned to take place in the ACT was the closest thing Australia would get to poker machine reform. However, several complications in the matter have led local club owners to believe that the trial will not happen. The Gillard government has spent an inordinate amount of time seeking out support[…]

Victoria Government to Fight Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit

Last week, Tatts Group and TabCorp announced that they would be suing the Victorian government for cancelling their duopoly on poker machines in the state. The two companies want $1.2 billion from the government, feeling that they are entitled to compensation; however, the state of Victoria does not feel the same way. For over a[…]

Venues Assume Ownership of Pokies in Victoria

Local headlines have been rife with stories of Tatts Group and TabCorp launching a $1.2 billion lawsuit against the Victoria government. The reason for this is the government’s termination of their pokies duopoly – but why has it come to that? What most news outlets fail to mention is that the Victorian government refused to[…]

Concerns Over Casino Smoking Ban Exemption

It has recently been announced that The Star Casino in NSW would be exempt from an indoor smoking law ban, allowing high roller players to smoke while they gamble. The legislation has not gone over well with most citizens, and the health of the dealers in the VIP rooms is their main concern. In the[…]

Tatts Group Sues Government Over Pokies

Tatts Group has filed a $600 million lawsuit against the Victorian government, after its poker machine duopoly (with TabCorp) ended. The company was led to believe that it would receive compensation if the duopoly was shut down, but a loophole has made it possible for the government to get away without paying the company, and[…]

Is the SchoolKids Bonus Being Spent on Pokies?

Concerns are looming about the way in which families are spending their new SchoolKids Bonus money. With reports surfacing that the Carbon Tax is being spent on pokies, politicians have expressed worry over the potential that the SchoolKids Bonus is being spent in the same way. The SchoolKids Bonus awards families with children aged 16-19[…]

Grant for Problem Gambling Site Possibly Misused

The Australian Department of Families, Housing, Community Services awarded a $500 000 grant to UnitingCare Australia, offering the organization the money needed to launch a problem gambling support website. While this seems like a good use of government money, concerns have risen about whether the funds have been misused. The website is meant to offer[…]

Wilkie Doubts Government Dedication to Pokie Reform

When it comes to pokie reform, it certainly has been an uphill battle for MP Andrew Wilkie. Now, recent reports show that the Gillard Government, with whom Wilkie spent hours negotiation, was never serious about the idea of implementing poker machine reform. The proof comes as a set of documents, which show that Gillard cancelled[…]

Clubs Want Monopoly on Legalized Online Gambling

The idea of regulating and legalizing online gambling in Australia has been a hot topic recently. With thousands of players spending millions on unregulated websites each year, the local government sees legalized online gambling as a way to generate additional tax revenue and protect players. Now that clubs have caught wind of the movement, they[…]

Problem Gambling Support Program in NSW

In New South Wales, an organization called Lifeline will receive additional funding to help those that are affected by gambling addiction. The government will provide more than $300 000 to cover the full-time wages of gambling addiction counselors in various areas in the state. Alex Ferguson, CEO of Lifeline, believes that counselling is an essential[…]

Income Control Will Prevent Welfare Families From Gambling

Of growing concern to Australian politicians is the well-being of children in low-income families. Although they receive the benefits necessary to care for their children, it has been discovered that many mothers and fathers have not been using their welfare money for its intended purposes. As such, the government is implementing an income control regime,[…]

Victoria Launches Problem Gambling Inquiry

In Victoria, the local government is launching a problem gambling inquiry to determine just how gambling is effective the social and economic climate of the local community. It is a first-of-its-kind study, and it will shine a light on how serious of an issue problem gambling actually is. The Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission (VCEC)[…]

Criticism Arises For Clubs Australia’s Ad Campaign

Clubs Australia has recently launched a $2 million ad campaign which attempts to portray the company as “part of the solution”, stating that pubs and clubs have worked hard to promote responsible gambling. We anticipated that it was not going to receive a positive reception – and our prediction turned out to be correct. Plenty[…]

Two Weeks Till Victoria Problem Gambling Foundation Launch

In Australia, problem gambling is a growing problem – and the government is working hard to rectify the situation. The result of their hard work is the launch of the Victoria Problem Gambling Foundation (VPGF), which will launch on July 1, 2012. Over the course of the past few months, local politicians have been ironing[…]

Internet Providers May Have to Regulate Online Gaming

The Australian online gambling market is restricted by some very stern laws. While it seemed as though the government may be letting up and considering the possibility of legalizing online gambling, a new development has occurred. Instead, new regulations may require internet service providers to play a role in the prohibition of online gambling. The[…]

Live Sportsbetting Permitted in Australia

The Gillard government has recently announced that local gaming operators would be allowed to offer live, in-game betting to residents. After years of prohibiting the activity, the government has finally changed its tune, choosing to intercept transactions between citizens and offshore casino websites. Julie Gillard has informed local, regulated operators that they may offer in-game[…]

Wilkie Agrees to Pokies Amendments

After years of fighting over his vision of pokie reform, MP Andrew Wilkie has given up, showing his support for the Gillard government’s watered-down version of the reform. Rather than mandatory pre-commitment, the government has agreed to a trial of voluntary pre-commitment, a far cry from Wilkie’s original plan for $1 betting limits. However, Wilkie[…]

Victoria Pubs Want to Sell Scratch Cards

The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that pubs in Victoria are excited about the prospect of selling scratch cards over the bar to customers. With poker machines already an ubiquitous item in pubs and clubs, the idea of scratch cards sales does not seem far-fetched – but is it simply going too far? Mark Zirnsak[…]