Category Archives: Law & Society

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…

Fee Increase For NZ Pokie Breaches

Pokie club investigations identify potential breaches of gaming regulations, in order to keep players safe. Recently, investigators have noticed an increase in breaches, which has resulted in an increase in fines for clubs who do not abide by local gaming laws. A report in the New Zealand Herald notes that half of all pokie inspections…

Carlton Football Club Aims For Later Gambling Hours

Carlton Football Club is currently in a fight to have the curfew extended of Club Laverton. Since it would allow punters to continue playing pokies early into the morning, the local city council is hesitant about extending the club’s hours. The city council is concerned that extending the gaming hours of Carlton Football Club would…

Could the AFL Lose Its Status As A Sports Controlling Body ?

Earlier this week, authorities launched an investigation into major medal betting in the AFL. In light of this investigation, the league’s suitability as a Sports Controlling Body has been called into question. The situation was brought to light when a former football player named David King won nearly $3000 by betting on Lewis Taylor to…

Croydon Hotel Gets 10 New Pokies

The Croydon Hotel in Maroondah, Melbourne has been granted ten new pokie machines. Despite opposition from responsible gambling advocates in the area, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation decided that the addition of new pokies would be largely positive for Maroondah. This week, the VCGLR approved the addition of ten new pokies at…

Tatts Group Looks to Expand Lottery Sales

Playing the lottery is one of the most popular gambling activities in Australia, with players purchasing millions of dollars’ worth of tickets every month. Lottery provider Tatts Group has seen tremendous growth recently, and wants to expand in order to drive even more sales. A report in The Bull notes that Tatts Group wants to…

Major Medal Betting Will Be Investigated

Novelty betting has become a very popular activity, allowing punters to wager on events besides sports and racing. While it is seeing a largely harmless, major medal betting has attracted some controversy recently, after one punter won nearly $3000 after betting on Lewis Taylor to win the Rising Star Award. In 2014, Taylor won the…

Australian Greyhound Racing In Trouble Over Animal Cruelty Allegations

Race betting is one of the most popular gambling activities among Australian punters. While it is considered a largely harmless activity, Greyhound Racing New South Wales is in hot water after live baiting was discovered. Live baiting is a training tactic that conditions greyhounds to think that there is a reward at the finish line….