Tag Archive: pokie reform

Criticism for Pokie Cap in Canberra

When caps are introduced to limit the number of poker machines in a state or city, responsible gambling advocates are usually pleased. However, the ACT’s recent poker machine cap has attracted a great deal of criticism as safe gambling campaigns are not pleased with the target number. When ACT politicians first proposed the idea of…

Intralot Provides Pre-Commitment Technology to Victoria

Victoria is one of the leading Australian states when it comes to the introduction of safe gambling measures. The state is always ahead the curve with the implementation of initiatives that ensure local residents gamble responsibly. The latest development is the introduction of pre-commitment technology, which will be provided by Intralot. The Victorian government has…

Calls for Better Distribution Of Pokies Funding

Poker machines provide a valuable service to the local community by funding various public programs that benefit residents. However, some organisations are dubious about the way in which New Zealand’s government plans on distributing these funds in the future. As such, Auckland Council and the Problem Gambling Foundation have challenged the local government’s proposed regulations….

Greens $1 Pokie Bet Limit Bill Defeated

Yesterday, The Victoria Greens presented a legislation to the upper house, which proposed that the maximum bet for pokies be reduced from $5 to $1. In the weeks leading up to the hearing, the bill garnered diverse reactions from local residents and industry professionals. In the end, it was defeated. The bill was proposed by…

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 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…

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…