Category Archives: Law & Society

Pokies to Fund Renovation for Foundry Hotel

Poker machines are more than a source of entertainment to Australians. They also perform a very valuable service by funding various community projects, including sports clubs, cultural programs and healthcare initiatives. One of the latest big projects for pokie funds is the renovation of the Foundry Hotel in Bendigo. Twenty new poker machines will be…

Shellharbour Councillors Change Mind And Approve Pokies

The activation of poker machines at The Links Gold Club in Shell Cove has been a point of contention among Shellhabour councillors. Over the course of the past year, Deputy Mayor Paul Rankin, Mayor Marianne Saliba and other councillors were at odds over whether or not pokies should be permitted at the venue. Now, the…

RSL Clubs Want Lifetime Pokie Licenses From Victorian Government

Poker machine clubs are some of the most lucrative venues in Australia; however, club owners believe that they are losing out on earning potential due to restrictive licensing laws. Now, the RSL has made a submission to the Victorian government requesting that pokie licenses are extended from five years to ‘in perpetuity’. RSL clubs are…

Opinions Voiced About New Welfare Cards that Prohibit Gambling Spending

Last week, Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forest announced his plans to introduce a new ‘health welfare card’ that would prohibit benefits recipients from using their money to gamble or purchase alcohol. As expected, the idea is quite controversial as residents are split in their support. A poll carried out by Perth Now shows that residents are not…

New Zealand To Make Match-Fixing A Criminal Offence

Match-fixing is becoming a major concern in sports leagues around the world. More and more athletes and sports figures are getting involved with match-fixing scandals, and New Zealand politicians want to do something about it. This week, they have moved to make fixing a criminal offense, and the legislation has passed the first round of…

Michael McGurk Found Guilty of Stealing $35 000 From Pokies

Michael McGurk used to be one of the wealthiest people in New Zealand. Now, he seems to have hit rock bottom, after being found guilty of stealing $35 000 in poker machine revenue and being sentenced to home detention and community service. At the height of his success, McGurk was worth $60 million. He owned…

New Welfare Card May Ban Gambling and Alcohol Purchases

Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forest has recently put forth a plan to that will ban welfare recipients from using their earnings to gamble or purchase alcohol. His proposal suggests that all welfare is paid onto a health welfare card, and it will be considered by the Abbott government. Forest’s proposed welfare cards will be linked to the…

Nick Xenophon Advocates For Pokie Referendum

South Australia’s gambling market has recently celebrated an important milestone, as it has been 20 years since the state introduced pokies into clubs and pubs. Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has taken this as an opportunity to promote is latest pokie reform plan, pushing for a referendum on the games. Senator Xenophon will introduce a bill…

Criticism Of MP’s Anti-Pokie Statement

When discussing a controversial issue like gambling, it is likely that things will get heated. However, MPs are held to a different standard than the average person is. So it comes as no surprise that Chris Sidoti, chairman of the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority of NSW (ILGA), has come under fire for his anti-pokie…

EU Plans to Introduce More Stringent Online Gambling Regulations

The worldwide online gambling market is booming. Over the course of the past few years, we have seen huge growth in the number of players at online casinos, poker sites and betting shops. As Europe is home to some of the most biggest growth in the online gambling market, the European Union (EU) plans to…