Category Archives: Law & Society

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….

Gambling Promoted As a Way To Boost Savings

Researchers have suggested that gambling may be a useful method for encouraging low-income families to save more money. Through the use of prize-linked saving (PLS) accounts, families could save 25% more money in the long term. The study was presented by economists at the University of Sydney. Professor Robert Slonim, Dr Kadir Atalay, Dr Stephen…

New Strict Betting Rules for Jockeys

In the horseracing industry, there have been betting scandals abound, as many jockeys have been reprimanded for taking part in illegal gambling activities. This week, New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing has introduced new rules that prevent such scandals from occurring again in the future. The new rules ban jockeys from betting on races in New Zealand…

Mana Party Pitches Pokie Ban

Among Aboriginal communities, poker machines are a point of contention. While they are very popular among Aboriginals, many people in these communities have found themselves addicted to pokies. To deal with this issue, Mana leader Hone Harawira has proposed a tougher stance on pokies which could see them banned from Aboriginal communities altogether. Hone Harawira…

Betting Scam Uncovered in Queensland

The Australian sportsbetting market is quite heavily regulated, so it is not often that you hear about gambling scams in the country. While regulators run tight ship, illegal activities will sometimes leak through. In one recent case, Queensland authorities have discovered a sports betting scam that has duped people across the state out of millions…