Category Archives: Law & Society

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…

VCGLR Provides Gambling and Liquor Information Sessions for Licensees

When a venue obtains a gambling or a liquor license, the owner must demonstrate that alcohol will be served responsibly and that staff are trained in responsible gambling measures. However, it is not uncommon for venue owners to not have the most up-to-date information – and, new information sessions from the Victorian Commission for Gambling…

Criminal Concerns About High Roller Casino In Australia

The latest trend in the Australian gambling market sees operators making big plans to attract high rollers from Asia. While bringing these visitors into local casinos will certainly boost the economy, concerns have been expressed about the potential dangers that could come with them. In a recent report by ABC News, reporter Linton Besser investigated…

Pokie Venues Propose Offering Childcare

The Productivity Commission has recently published a report that confirms Australia’s shortage of childcare across the country. The government has been stuck for solutions, but the poker machine industry has presented some help. Clubs Australia CEO Anthony Ball has presented a solution that would see pokie clubs across the country providing childcare services to residents….