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Canberra Mandatory Pre-Commitment Trial Unlikely to Happen

For a while there, it almost seemed like the ACT’s mandatory pre-commitment trial was going to happen. Unfortunately, local clubs have managed to let down responsible gambling advocates yet again by stalling the trial. At this rate, the federal government doubts that the reform is ever going to take place. This week, representatives from clubs…

Pokie Reform Trial Looks Unlikely

The past two years has seen MP Andrew Wilkie at odds with the Gillard government over imposing mandatory pre-commitment in the country’s poker machine market. After months of negotiation, the two parties agreed on legislating a voluntary pre-commitment trial in Canberra. It was not what Wikie ideally had in mind, but it was close enough…

Some Progress for Pokies Trial

It seems that all is not lost for the poker reform trial that is scheduled to take place in Canberra. Despite reports that that the trial has been delayed indefinitely, the federal government has provided a ray of light by setting up a committee to oversee the trial. The trial will see all of the…

Wilkie Gives Up on Pokie Reform

MP Andrew Wilkie has lost hope that the pokie reform trial will ever happen. According to a recent report by Sky News, he is ‘heartbroken’, as the federal government continues to stall, pushing the implementation of the trial further and further away from fruition. He is under the impression that the trial will never happen,…

Technical Problems Delay Pokie Reform Trial

Problem gambling is an immediate problem in Australia, but the government seems to be taking its time to decide on a solution. Disagreements between politicians continue to prevent poker machine reform from being implemented, with the earliest possible date of the trial taking place in 2014. MP Andrew Wilkie and the Gillard government have spent…

Pokies Trial Could See Further Delays

The Gillard government has recently agreed to launch a trial of pre-commitment for poker machines; however, it is entirely likely that the trial may delayed until 2014 rather than starting in 2013 as was originally planned. The main issue is that the technology for pre-commitment will not be ready in time to start the trial…

Is the Government Looking for A Pokies ‘Escape Hatch’?

Andrew Wilkie has not given up on his fight for mandatory pre-commitment, and he is working harder than ever to ensure that the poker machine reform trial is done right. He believes that the government wants to purposefully botch the trial so that they do not have to implement pokie reform, leaving what he calls…

Pokies Trial Likely to Be Delayed

Sky News has recently confirmed what most of us already knew: the pokie reform trial is likely to be delayed. The federal government has taken its time in outlining requirements and manufacturers do not have enough time to equip poker machines with pre-commitment technology, so Sky News reports that it is unlikely that the trial…

Scrapped Pokies Bill Means Bad Things for Gillard Government

Julia Gillard may have scrapped Andrew Wilkie’s pokie reform bill, but he is still very heavily involved in the legislation. Despite withdrawing his support for her government, he still holds some power and states that he will not vote for the bill in its current form. The Gillard government is in the process of putting…

When Will The Pokie Reform Trial Start?

The federal government has confirmed that the deadline for the pokie reform trial will be February 2013; however, no details about when the trial will start have been released. Jeff House of Clubs ACT has stated that the federal government would be willing to push back its deadline if the poker machines are not ready…