Category Archives: Law & Society

Study Finds That Social Gambling Can Help Addicted Players

When social casino games were first introduced, they were criticised for potentially tempting problem gamblers and underage players. Now, a new study finds that they may actually be productive for problem gamblers in helping them kick their addictions. If you are unfamiliar with social casino games, they are free-play titles which look exactly like roulette,…

ACT Hotels Oppose New Pokie Law Amendments

The gambling industry in Canberra is undergoing an overhaul, and we are seeing many changes being made to local laws that govern pokie entitlements. While the new laws benefit clubs and aim to reduce problem gambling, hotels are critical of the amendments. Under the new laws, hotels across the ACT have been prohibited from upgrading…

NSW Government Considers Using Pokie Clubs for Child Care

Last month, Clubs Australia proposed that pokie venues could make up for the shortage of childcare service across the country. The idea was not well-received, as many responsible gambling groups were not pleased with the idea of having children exposed to gambling venues. However, the NSW government is now considering the plan. According to a…

Councils Want Stricter Assessments for New Pokies

Whenever a venue in Victoria wants to add new pokie machines, local gaming and planning authorities must carry out assessments to determine the impact that the new games will have on the community. However, Victorian councillors are concerned that the assessments are not in-depth enough. According to a recent report in The Age, the Municipal…

Wellington Council Wants to Reform Pokie Laws

Across Australia, more and more local governments are taking steps to change the way pokies are regulated in order to encourage responsible gambling. This week, the Wellington Shire Council has decided to make its own changes to local gaming laws and is waiting for feedback from the state government. One of the council’s major reforms…

Health Ministry Follows Up on Smoking Room Investigation At SkyCity Casino

For the past year, SkyCity Casino in Auckland and the New Zealand Health Ministry have been at odds over the smoking area in the venue’s high roller room. There has been quite a lot of back-and-forth over the issue, and the Health Ministry has made a final decision. The issue dates back to September 2013,…

Investigations Into the Spending of NZ Pokie Funds

One of the major benefits of poker machines is that their profits are used to fund a wide range of community programs. Unfortunately, there have been many recent cases of money not going where it is supposed to – so, the Department of Internal Affairs has launched an investigation into the use of pokie funds….

Criticism Queensland’s Gambling Red Tape Reduction Plans

The Queensland government is making plans to reduce the red tape in the state’s gambling market, in order to give gaming industry professionals more freedom. While the plan aims to benefit the economy, not everyone is pleased with the idea of red tape reduction. The Anglican Church Southern Queensland’s Social Responsibilities Committee has released a…

Lake Illawarra Police Warn Residents Against Having Poker Machines

Playing pokies is a popular pastime in Australia, and many enthusiasts like having a game at home. While they are normally just used as decoration and novelty items, the Lake Illawarra Police want to warn locals that it is an offence to have a poker machine on their property – and, it could incur a…

New Zealand Jockey Banned For Seven Years Over Betting Breach

The New Zealand Racing Integrity Unit (RIU) is getting serious about betting breaches. This week, famed jockey David Walker has received a seven-year ban after he was found guilty of breaching the country’s betting laws. It was discovered that Walker had bet against his horse in a head-to-head race. He then ensured that his horse…