Tag Archive: pokie reform

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 Now that the Abbott government has repealed the law that would pass these reforms, Xenophon is back…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…

Confusion Over ATM Withdrawal Limit Laws

When pokie reform was passed, it included a provision that would limit players to withdrawing $250 whenever they visited ATM machines at pokie clubs. Now, the reform law has been repealed, and poker machine club owners are confused as to whether or not they are exempt from the ATM limit. According to The Guardian, Social…

Responsible Gambling Groups Want to Keep Withdrawal Limits At Pub Clubs

The Abbott government has announced its plans to repeal the pokie reforms that were passed last year by the Julia Gillard. Responsible gambling groups are not impressed with this turn of events, and they have requested that the government keep at least some of the reforms – namely the limit on ATM withdrawals. When poker…

Australian Churches Gambling Taskforce Expresses Pokie Reform Concerns

The federal government has recently announced its plans to undo the pokie reform legislation that was passed last year. Several responsible gambling groups have spoken out against this plan, and the Australian Churches Gambling Taskforce has joined the cause. This week, the taskforce wrote to all federal MPs, asking them to reconsider their plan to…

Xenophon Suggests $1 Betting Limit for Pokies

The federal government has decided to scrap poker machine reforms that were just passed earlier this year, so it is now back to the drawing board with regards to responsible gambling measures. Responsible gambling advocates across the country have slammed the Abbott government’s decision, and Senator Nick Xenophon wants to ensure that the new prime…

Greens Call For Pokie Reform Action

This week, the Coalition Government has announced that it will be repealing the pokie reform legislation. Responsible gambling advocates are outraged at the decision, and The Greens have spoken are urging the Opposition to do something about it. The Greens have requested that the Labour Party block Tony Abbott’s plans to retract the pokie reform…