Category Archives: Law & Society

Victorian Councils Call for New Pokie Guidelines

The state of Victoria has taken the lead with regards to poker machine reforms in Australia. While the federal government has backed down from imposing new pokie restrictions, Victoria has implemented its own rules to help protect from gambling harm. Still, local Victoria city councils believe that more can be done to reduce problem gambling…

Gambling Mogul Negotiates Chinese Visa Reforms

The biggest casinos in Australia are focused on attracting high roller visitors from Asia, but local visa restrictions are very stringent. To help encourage more gambling tourism from Asian residents, Crown Casinos Boss James Packer is working on loosening up visa requirements for Chinese residents. James Packer has spoken out against the current visa requirements…

Problem Gambling Foundation: Conflict Of Interest Revealed

New Zealand’s gambling market was shocked when it was revealed that the government would stop funding the Problem Gambling Foundation. The decision seemed to come out of nowhere, leaving industry professionals to wonder what happened. Now, it has been revealed that two of the panel members involved in the decision had a conflict of interest….

Opposition Voices Concerns Over Countdown Lottery Ticket Sales

It was recently announced that checkouts at Countdown grocery stores in New Zealand would sell lottery tickets – and, it was almost certain that there would be backlash against the move. Now, Labour MP Shane Jones is speaking out against the new lottery sales outlets. According to The Dominion Post, Mr Jones likens the move…

Aristocrat Employees Raised $11 000 For Charity

It is always encouraging to see gaming industry professionals doing their part to raise money for charity. Working in one of the most lucrative industries, gambling firms are required to donate a certain portion of their profits to local community organisations – but, sometimes, they go above and beyond. This week, Aristocrat did just that,…

UK to Introduce Stricter Controls On Pokies

For the past year, responsible gambling advocates in the United Kingdom have been at odds with the betting shop industry over Fixed Odds Betting Terminals, the British version of poker machines. Now, the government is introducing new laws that will tighten controls on the games to help protect players from potential gambling harm. The new…

Hundreds Excluded from The Star Casino in 2014

At casinos, exclusion is a method used to not only protect patrons from dangerous players but also to protect vulnerable punters from themselves. Last year, hundreds of patrons were excluded from The Star Casino in Sydney, as the casino takes on a more active role in helping to prevent gambling harm. According to the Sydney…

Problem Gamblers Falling in With the Wrong Crowd

One of the major dangers of addiction is falling in with the wrong crowd. Many individuals with compulsions eventually have difficulty paying for their habit and they resort to crime for funding. At The Star Casino, this situation is being taken to the extreme, as gang members are recruiting problem gamblers as drug mules to…

New Zealand Gambling Spending Increases

Kiwis tend to be big spenders when it comes to gambling. In recent years, we have seen a slight increase in the amount of money that New Zealand residents spend on gambling activities every year – and 2013 was no different. According to new figures from the Department of Internal Affairs, there was a $7…

Clubs NSW Accepting Pokie Funding Applications

One of the major benefits of poker machines in Australia is that the games provide generous funding for community groups. Clubs Australia (and its local state-based locations) offer pokie profits to local organizations and initiatives which better the community. This week, Clubs NSW opened its ClubGRANTS scheme to applications, so that groups can request funding….