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[…]

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[…]

New Self-Exclusion Program Available in NSW

Pokie reform has been passed, as the local government attempts to cut down on problem gambling. The system will allow for players to set their own limits before their wager on pokies, and responsible gambling advocates are optimistic about its potential results. Now, it seems that more groups are coming forward with their ideas for[…]

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 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[…]

Coalition’s Stance on Pokie Reform Upsets Churches

Anti-gambling groups are not impressed with the government’s effort to fight problem gambling in Australia. Over the course of the past year, the Gillard government has reneged on its promise to legislate poker reform and delayed its plans to begin a pokie reform trial – and organizations are tired of waiting. Taking a roundabout approach,[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]