Category Archives: Law & Society

SA To Tax Offshore Gambling Operators

Across the gambling markets in Australia and New Zealand, a major concern is the issue of offshore gambling. Casino operators from international locations have been cashing in on gaming revenue from local players without paying taxes– and, now a new law will ensure that they pay their fair share. A report in The Australian notes…

New Zealand Cracks Down on Overseas Gambling Operators

Over the course of the past few years, New Zealand has seen an influx of overseas operators in its gaming market – resulting in a loss of business for local companies. Now, Kiwi politicians are planning to crack down on international betting operators in order to boost business at home. According to the New Zealand…

Hotel Proposes Technological Solution To Pokie Concerns

The Riversdale Hotel in Hawthorne, Victoria faced a unique issue, as the property recently came under fire for having an entrance that led directly to four poker machines. To solve this problem, the pub has proposes a unique technological resolution. The VCGLR stated that it could be potentially dangerous for a hotel to have an…

Bookmaker In Trouble For Offering Credit To Aussie Players

William Hill has just launched its new brand in Australia, and the online gaming operator aims to offer players plenty of benefits for using its services. Unfortunately, one of the perks that William Hill is offering to players could be considered illegal, as providing credit for gambling is frowned upon by local authorities. Recently, William…

Football Club Gets Rid of Pokies

Across Australia, plenty of sports clubs generate funding from poker machines at their venues. Recently, several clubs have decided to depend less on pokie profits, and the latest team to take this step is the Geelong Football Club. This week, the Geelong Football Club announced that it is going to get rid of its poker…

VCGLR Head Resigns

Bruce Thompson, chairman of the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) has resigned. The new Labour government has recently put a great deal of pressure on the regulator, as Mr Thompson was not thought to be doing an adequate job of enforcing rules at clubs and pubs. Over the course of the past…

Collingwood Player Fined For Gambling

In the AFL, players are prohibited from placing wagers on league games – but some athletes try to get away with it anyways. Collingwood’s Jack Crisp is one such player, who placed a wager on a game last season. Last season, when Crisp was listed as a player with the Brisbane Lions, he placed a…

Greens Propose New Policy For Club Pokies in NSW

The Greens have proposed a new policy for poker machine clubs in New South Wales that could help to reduce problem gambling spending. The political party aims to introduce a sinking lid policy on pokies in clubs and prevent these venues from moving poker machine licenses between each other. One of the major introductions is…

Debate Over ACT Pokie Taxes

In the ACT, various political parties are going head-to-head over pokie taxes. While ACT pokies generate fewer taxes than gaming machines in other states, local politicians continue to debate whether or not to introduce a tax hike. In order to catch up to the national average, ACT pokies would have to generate an additional $20…

Wellington to Review Pokie Policy

In Wellington, city councillors are going to review the way in poker machines are regulated. They want to reduce the potential harm of gambling across the city, and are taking a fresh look at existing gambling laws in order to determine the best way to go about this. A recent report in Scoop notes that…