Tag Archive: pokie reform

More Criticism For Remote Pokies Plan

In the ACT, local politicians are planning to give clubs and pubs in remote areas permission to offer pokies to their players. The plan has come under fire by many residents, including members of the Opposition and public health experts. It is no secret that pokie clubs tend be concentrated in low-income areas. In these…

Diocese of Sydney Expresses Concerns Over Normalised Gambling

Concerns about gambling addiction are coming from a wide range of sources. From scholars to concerned parents, many individuals are making their worries known when it comes to the potential growth of gambling addiction rates in Australia. Now, the Church is getting involved, as the Diocese of Sydney has proposed a state inquiry into gambling…

Problem Gambling Research Criticised

The key to conquering problem gambling is research, so that the local government can understand what steps need to be taken in order to ensure that local residents keep their gambling spending under control. Clubs NSW aims to help in this endeavour by making a $1.2 million donation to fund a three-year problem gambling study…

Moonee Valley Proposes Stricter Gambling Laws

Across Australia, many cities are exploring their legislative options to reduce gambling harm. Moonee Valley is the latest city council to proposed new laws to limit where poker machines can be located in hopes that stricter regulations will help problem gamblers and at-risk players gamble more responsibly. The new legislation will limit where pokies can…

Monash Mayor Wants Gambling Commission Overhaul

Monash Mayor Geoff Lake has demanded an overhaul of the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation. He argues that the regulator has failed to effectively reduce problem gambling rates and limit pokie spending, and suggests that it may be time for the city of Monash to introduce its own betting limits. According to a…

Victorian Councils Call for New Pokie Guidelines

The state of Victoria has taken the lead with regards to poker machine reforms in Australia. While the federal government has backed down from imposing new pokie restrictions, Victoria has implemented its own rules to help protect from gambling harm. Still, local Victoria city councils believe that more can be done to reduce problem gambling…

Pokie Reform Repeal Passed

There was a public outcry when the federal government announced its plans to repeal the pokie reform laws that were passed last year. So, you would have thought that a bigger deal would have been made about the repeal legislation being passed – but that was not the case. This week, the changes to the…

Xenophon Calls Reform Repeal ‘A Joke’

Senator Nick Xenophon is well-known for his outspoken stance on gambling reforms in Australia. He has long supported the pokie reform bill, which aimed to curb problem gambling rates by introducing pre-commitment technology into pokie clubs and pubs. Now that the Abbott government has repealed the law that would pass these reforms, Xenophon is back…

Man Spends Own Money On Problem Gambling Campaign

Problem gambling is becoming a significant issue among Australians. While the government has taken steps to curb problem gambling rates across the country, some individuals feel that more can be done. Paul Bendat is one such person, and he has spent $70 000 of his own money on a campaign to promote pokie reform. As…

BFNL Concerned About Drop in Pokie Revenue

The BNFL (Ballarat Football Netball League) is concerned that it will have to make due with less funding from pokies this year. Since Victoria’s state government introduced the ATM withdrawal limit at poker machine clubs, a decrease in pokie profits could lead to funding cuts for sports leagues. The ATM withdrawal limits were introduced towards…