Category Archives: Law & Society

New Welfare Card May Ban Gambling and Alcohol Purchases

Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forest has recently put forth a plan to that will ban welfare recipients from using their earnings to gamble or purchase alcohol. His proposal suggests that all welfare is paid onto a health welfare card, and it will be considered by the Abbott government. Forest’s proposed welfare cards will be linked to the…

Nick Xenophon Advocates For Pokie Referendum

South Australia’s gambling market has recently celebrated an important milestone, as it has been 20 years since the state introduced pokies into clubs and pubs. Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has taken this as an opportunity to promote is latest pokie reform plan, pushing for a referendum on the games. Senator Xenophon will introduce a bill…

EU Plans to Introduce More Stringent Online Gambling Regulations

The worldwide online gambling market is booming. Over the course of the past few years, we have seen huge growth in the number of players at online casinos, poker sites and betting shops. As Europe is home to some of the most biggest growth in the online gambling market, the European Union (EU) plans to…

Victoria To Fight State Pokie Ruling

Last month, the Supreme Court ruled that the Victorian government should pay Tatts Group and TabCorp upwards of $450 million for disbanded their pokie duopoly. As you can expect, the state government has decided not to go down without a fight and will be appealing the ruling. In 2012, the Victorian government decided to disband…

BetSoft Online Pokie License Suspended

It is always a shame when a gaming firm that creates high-quality online pokies encounters legal issues. This week, BetSoft has had its online gaming license suspended by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC), and the restriction will take effect immediately. The action is a result of the AGCC’s suspension of operations for Digitus Limited,…

Tatts and Tab Ordered to Pay Full Health Benefit Levy

Pokie operators Tatts Group and TabCorp have been embroiled in a legal battle with the Victorian government for over a year. After their pokie duopoly was disbanded, both companies took action against local politicians over what they felt were unfair circumstances. While the Supreme Court sided with them on many issues, a recent ruling has…

ACCC Concerned About New Aquis Casino

The takeover of the Reef Hotel Casino by Aquis has been largely viewed as a positive thing for the Cairns economy, but some concerns about the project are arising. Recently, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has expressed fear that the takeover will reduce competition in Cairns’ gaming and hospitality industries. In addition to…

More Criticism For Remote Pokies Plan

In the ACT, local politicians are planning to give clubs and pubs in remote areas permission to offer pokies to their players. The plan has come under fire by many residents, including members of the Opposition and public health experts. It is no secret that pokie clubs tend be concentrated in low-income areas. In these…

Match-fixing Allegations for World Cup 2014

The World Cup is one of the biggest sporting events in the world. So, you would never expect that anyone would actually attempt to fix a match while the whole world is watching – but it seems that some players were just that bold. The media is all abuzz with news that several players on…

NSW Pokie Lounges Want Exemption from Lockout

Earlier this year, New South Wales issued a new law that implemented 1:30am lockouts at clubs, pubs and bars across the state. Now, several clubs are seeking exemptions from the law, request lenience for their pokie lounges. In January 2014, the lockout law aimed to stop venues from accepting new patrons after 1:30am. The law…