Victorians Spending More On Pokies

The Victorian government has spent the past few years working hard to reduce the potential harm caused by poker machines. Many of the measures were effective, and the state initially saw some improvement in problem gambling rates. Unfortunately, a new report has shown that pokie spending is now back on the increase. Over the course[…]

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[…]

The falling revenue of pokies in South Australia

The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that despite the booming of the pokies industry all over Australia, in the South, the country is witnessing a backward trend. South Australia only possesses about 13,000 of 200,000 poker machines in the entire country, which gives the industry a value of around $12 billion. Recent trends indicate that[…]

Pre-Commitment Scheme Passed In Victoria

This year, the Victorian government has enact a number of gambling harm minimisation measures. Its latest venture aimed at reducing problem gambling rates is voluntary pre-commitment, which will allow players to set betting limits before they begin wagering on pokies. Intralot has been appointed as the provider of the new pre-commitment system in Victoria. The[…]

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[…]

Varsity Lakes Complex Sells for $16 Million

The Varsity Lakes Tavern in Sydney has recently sold for a generous $16 million. The new owner of the property is the Ganim family, who will be earning an additional $1.3 million annually from rent costs. Owning a number of Woolworths pokies, Varisty Lakes Tavern is a popular destination for patrons with a penchant for[…]

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.[…]

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[…]

Woolworths Votes Against $1 Betting Limits

After months of having it out with community activist group GetUp, Woolworths has voted against $1 betting limits on its poker machines. The vote took place at a recent general meeting for the company, as shareholders decided on the best course of action when it comes to enforcing responsible gambling in Australia. GetUp! targeted Woolworths,[…]

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.[…]

New Anti-Pokies Campaign in Tasmania

In Tasmania, business owners are taking a stand against problem gambling rates and the rising number of poker machines in the area. They have launched a new campaign aimed at making pokies ‘uncool’ by welcoming patrons into venues that do not host the gaming machines. Stickers have been printed with the phrase “We’re Pokies Free!”,[…]

Victoria Sees 25% Less Money Spent on Pokies

Local MPs have presented serious concerns about rising problem rates across Australia. Thousands of people across the country are affected by gambling addiction, and the government wants to reduce problem gambling rates. However, Victoria has already seen a significant decline in gambling spending, which could mean that problem gambling rates are shrinking. According to WA[…]

Victoria Pub Owners Upset Over New Pokies Tax

A recent decision by the local government will require poker machine club owners to pay $35 per month on each of the 27 500 non-casino pokies in Victoria. They have resisted the new tax and are prepared to fight it, as they believe that it is a result of a government mix-up. The tax has[…]

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[…]

Wilkie ‘Heartbroken’ Over Pokie Reform Trial

For years, MP Andrew Wilkie has fought to have poker machine reform enacted. With problem gambling rates rising to dangerous levels across Australia, Wilkie wanted the local government to enact a legislation that would curb problem gambling rates. Unfortunately, there has been delay after delay – even after the reform was demoted to a mandatory[…]

Football Betting Activity to Double

Around the world, football is one of the most popular sports among punters, but Australia has been somewhat behind the times. Now, football betting is finally catching on in the country, and betting professionals estimate that the market will be worth billions in coming years. According to Deloitte, the worth of the Australian football betting[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Pokie Reform Pushed Back Again

When it comes to poker machine reform, it seems that nothing will ever come to fruition. Despite the fact that MP Andrew Wilkie and the Gillard government have come to an agreement for launching a poky reform trial, there are still plenty of factors that have affected the process in a negative way. As such,[…]

13 of 700 Problem Gambling Pokies Removed

When it comes to problem gambling, the local government has come up with a number of solutions to the problem. Before pokie reform was ever introduced, the local government felt that removing a number of hotel pokies would be the best course of action. Seven years later, the government is having a hard time getting[…]

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[…]

Problem Gamblers Offer Advice to Gaming Venues

Many ideas have been proposed by the local government, offering ways to prevent and treat the problem gambling issue in Australia. These proposals include placing betting limits on machines, and other provisions that place the onus on the players rather than the gaming machine operators. Now, researchers at Swinburne University are working on a new[…]

Woolworths’ Revenue Jumps

Woolworths, one of the country’s leading retail brands, has recently had a tough time thriving in the downturned economy. Fortunately, the company’s hospitality division, and poker machines, have helped to rebuild the company financially, as Woolworths has seen a revenue jump worth 4.7%. Chief Executive Grant O’Brien refused to attribute the company’s growth to poker[…]

Are Carbon Tax Payments Being Spent On Pokies?

Whenever the general public receives some sort of compensation from the government, it is a well-known fact that some individuals will use the money in a way that is not deemed appropriate. When the educational allowance was introduced years ago, families used the money in ways that the government had not intended – and the[…]

MPs Want More From Pokie Reform

After the unfortunate suicide of Julie Smith from Ballarat, local politicians want to see improved provisions for the poky reform legislation. Over the course of the past year, the idea of reform has been whittled down from nation-wide mandatory pre-commitment to a trial of voluntary pre-commitment in the ACT. Now, Smith’s gambling addiction-related death has[…]

Clubs Australia Finds Another Way to Avoid Reforms

One of the provisions of proposed pokie reform would see to it that all ATM machines in gaming clubs impose a withdrawal limit of $250. While this aims to ensure that problem gamblers do not withdraw more money than they can spend, Clubs Australia is not on board with the idea. A recent report by[…]

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[…]

Woolworth Challenges Betting Limit Request

Pokie reform has not gone exactly as planned. MP Andrew Wilkie worked hard to implement mandatory pre-commitment and The Greens hoped to impose $1 betting limits on all poker machines – but the Gillard government had its own ideas about reform. Now that the only semblance of gambling reform is a voluntary pre-commitment trial, anti-gambling[…]

Woolworths Shareholders Support $1 Betting Limits

Woolworths is one of the biggest suppliers of poker machines in Australia, providing more than 12 000 games to clubs, pubs and casinos across the country. As such, it has become the target to anti-gambling organization GetUp, which wants to see the gaming operator impose $1 betting limits on its pokies. The organization has worked[…]

Independent MPs Not Pleased With Pokies Laws

It seems that independent MPs are the only ones that want to see strict laws imposed for pokie reform while those associated with the Gillard government simply want to push for a trial. As such, there has been a great deal of conflict between these two groups over the course of the past few months,[…]

Problem Gambling Ads Banned

Anti-gambling group GetUp has received word that it will not be able to post advertisements about problem gambling on local busses. The ads, which were meant to highlight the issue of problem gambling in the local community, have been banned by the government. According to Simon Sheik, director of GetUp, the advertisements were aimed to[…]

ACT Pokie Reform Trial To Be Delayed

It has already taken over a year for local politicians to agree on the terms of the new poker machine reform trial that will be taking place in the ACT. Unfortunately, now , it will be another two years before the trial actually takes place. According to the Gaming Technologies Association of Australia, equipping all[…]

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[…]

ACT Clubs Want Additional Assessment in Reform Trial

After months of negotiations and debating, a pokie reform trial is going to take place in Canberra. ACT clubs will install pre-commitment software on their pokie machines, testing how effective the technology is in curbing problem gambling rates. Although the clubs have been compelled to take part in the trial, they have their own demands.[…]

Gambling Spending On the Decline in Australia

In a sign of what could be good news for anti-gambling advocates across Australia, poker machine and general gambling spending are on the decline. A recent study conducted by Roy Morgan shows that Australians are spending billions less on games of chance, likely to be a positive step forward when it comes to gambling addiction[…]