Category Archives: Law & Society

Carlton Football Club Aims For Later Gambling Hours

Carlton Football Club is currently in a fight to have the curfew extended of Club Laverton. Since it would allow punters to continue playing pokies early into the morning, the local city council is hesitant about extending the club’s hours. The city council is concerned that extending the gaming hours of Carlton Football Club would…

Could the AFL Lose Its Status As A Sports Controlling Body ?

Earlier this week, authorities launched an investigation into major medal betting in the AFL. In light of this investigation, the league’s suitability as a Sports Controlling Body has been called into question. The situation was brought to light when a former football player named David King won nearly $3000 by betting on Lewis Taylor to…

Croydon Hotel Gets 10 New Pokies

The Croydon Hotel in Maroondah, Melbourne has been granted ten new pokie machines. Despite opposition from responsible gambling advocates in the area, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation decided that the addition of new pokies would be largely positive for Maroondah. This week, the VCGLR approved the addition of ten new pokies at…

Tatts Group Looks to Expand Lottery Sales

Playing the lottery is one of the most popular gambling activities in Australia, with players purchasing millions of dollars’ worth of tickets every month. Lottery provider Tatts Group has seen tremendous growth recently, and wants to expand in order to drive even more sales. A report in The Bull notes that Tatts Group wants to…

Major Medal Betting Will Be Investigated

Novelty betting has become a very popular activity, allowing punters to wager on events besides sports and racing. While it is seeing a largely harmless, major medal betting has attracted some controversy recently, after one punter won nearly $3000 after betting on Lewis Taylor to win the Rising Star Award. In 2014, Taylor won the…

Australian Greyhound Racing In Trouble Over Animal Cruelty Allegations

Race betting is one of the most popular gambling activities among Australian punters. While it is considered a largely harmless activity, Greyhound Racing New South Wales is in hot water after live baiting was discovered. Live baiting is a training tactic that conditions greyhounds to think that there is a reward at the finish line….

Criticism For New Zealand’s New Gambling Bill

In 2007, the Gambling Amendment Bill (2) was presented to Parliament, presenting several changes to the ways in which gaming is regulated in New Zealand. This week, the bill has finally seen some progress – but, it is being criticised by local community members. According to Scoop, The New Zealand First party has spoken out…

No Taxpayer Support For SkyCity Convention Centre

Earlier this week, we reported that the SkyCity convention centre may need to tap New Zealand taxpayers for additional funding. However, due to a great deal of backlash from local residents, the casino operator will be changing its plans in order to create a less expensive venue that will not require the assistance of taxpayers….

ACT To Reconsider Poker Machine Note Increase

Earlier this year, ACT Gaming Minister Joy Burch enacted a new note limit for poker machines in the area. Due to public backlash and Burch’s failure to consult with other members of the community, it was withdrawn within days. Now, the limit increase is back on the table. Chief Minister Andrew Barr rebuked Burch for…

Guardian Drops Gambling Ads

The Guardian newspaper has recently announced that it has dropped its advertising deal with GoWager. The news comes as a response to readers concerns over the publication being associated with a gambling operator. The issue was brought to the Guardian’s attention when the results of the 2014 annual social audit. One of the questions asked…