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  • Gambling reforms to be wound back

    Posted 21/11/2013 by Amanda Biggs
    On the 20 November 2013, the Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews introduced the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 to the House of Representatives. Among a host of amendments to various social welfare, higher education and income support arrangements, the Bill proposes to significantly wind back national gambling reforms that were intended to address problem gambling associated with electronic gaming machines (EGMs), or pokies.The National Gambling Reform Act 201... Read more...

    TAGS: gambling, poker machines

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  • Addressing harms from pokies: insights from new reports

    Posted 19/09/2013 by Amanda Biggs
    Some recent reports are reminders that addressing problem gambling harms associated with electronic gaming machines or pokies remains challenging, but progress is possible. The first report evaluates the decision to ban Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) from pokies venues in Victoria. The second quantifies the harms of pokies gambling in Victoria, prior to the removal of ATMs, while the third summarises lessons learnt from pre-commitment trials in South Australia.The first report is an evaluatio... Read more...

    TAGS: gambling, poker machines

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  • Regulation of gambling advertising on TV - Live Odds and ACMA

    Posted 31/05/2013 by Tyler Fox
    On 26 May 2013, the Prime Minister promisedthat ‘all promotions of odds by gambling companies and commentators will be banned during the broadcast of live sports matches, under new rules’. The Government has demanded that Australian commercial TV broadcasters amend their codes to ensure a reduction in the promotion and advertising of gambling—especially live odds—during broadcasts of sport. Codes of PracticeSection 123 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (the Act) provides that a ‘Code of Prac... Read more...

    TAGS: gambling, sport

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  • Match-fixing: the Australian legislative response

    Posted 14/03/2013 by Tyler Fox
    The Australian Crime Commission Report into Organised Crime and Drugs in Sport raised the issue of the increasing level of association between professional athletes and organised criminal identities in Australia, leaving individual athletes vulnerable to corrupt practices such as match-fixing. One of the key findings is that the threat to the integrity of Australian sport is an emerging and critical issue which must be addressed now.In the wake of the South Australian and now Victorian Governmen... Read more...

    TAGS: criminal law, doping, gambling, sport

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  • Socioeconomic dimensions of pokie machine losses

    Posted 3/08/2012 by Amanda Biggs
    A recent Age article has highlighted the disproportionate financial losses incurred from pokie machine gambling in low income areas of Victoria, when compared to higher income areas. Using statistics from the Victorian regulator the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR), Craig Butt compared net weekly expenditure per adult (ie player losses) on pokies across local government areas (LGAs), with the average weekly income of those LGAs based on census data provided to the ... Read more...

    TAGS: gambling, poker machines

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  • Draft legislation on pokies reform released

    Posted 17/02/2012 by Amanda Biggs
      The Government on Friday released draft legislation on proposed reforms to address problem gambling, particularly related to electronic gaming machines (EGMs, or pokies). The release comes at the same time Clubs ACT have reportedly given in principle agreement to a trial of mandatory pre-commitment technology on EGMs in clubs in the ACT, pending further negotiations with the Government. The draft legislation does not address this pokies trial; rather it proposes technical modifications to EG... Read more...

    TAGS: gambling, poker machines

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  • Mandatory pre-commitment: no dice yet

    Posted 23/01/2012 by Amanda Biggs
    The government announced last Saturday that due to a lack of Parliamentary support it would not proceed with legislation to require mandatory pre-commitment (MPC) on electronic gaming machines (EGMs). Instead it announced a trial of MPC in the ACT to test its effectiveness before committing to proceed down this path nationally, and introduce a raft of other measures to tackle problem gambling. In response Independent MP Mr Wilkie, whose ongoing support for the government required the introductio... Read more...

    TAGS: gambling

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  • Electronic gaming machines: lessons from Norway

    Posted 23/11/2011 by Amanda Biggs
    In recent months both sides in the contentious debate around mandatory pre-commitment (MPC)—where players would have to pre-set the amount they were prepared to lose on electronic gaming machines (EGMs)—have cited 'evidence' from Norway to support their respective arguments. As this Parliamentary Library Background Note explains, supporters of MPC have pointed to Norway to argue in favour of MPC. Meanwhile, those opposed to MPC, including those in the clubs industry, argue that the evidence from... Read more...

    TAGS: gambling, Norway, poker machines

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  • How many venues would be affected if mandatory pre-commitment is implemented in 2012?

    Posted 28/10/2011 by Amanda Biggs
      A significant proportion of gaming venues will be exempt from the proposed reforms to electronic gaming machines (EGMs), at least until 2018. Mr Wilkie's proposal is for venues to introduce mandatory pre-commitment on high intensity EGMs or deploy low intensity machines which have been configured to limit losses to around $120 per hour (or a combination of the two). But the Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform Committee Mr Wilkie chaired on the proposed mandatory pre-commitment sche... Read more...

    TAGS: gambling, poker machines

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  • Is counselling for pokie addiction an effective harm minimisation measure?

    Posted 27/10/2011 by Amanda Biggs
    At a rally at the Canterbury RSL in western Sydney on Tuesday evening, the opposition leader Tony Abbott predicted a future Coalition government would rescind any legislation that introduces mandatory pre-commitment on electronic gaming machines (EGMs). Instead of mandatory pre-commitment, he suggested a greater focus on individual counselling for problem gamblers is needed.If the opposition leader's support for counselling results in more funding for such services, many who provide help to Aust... Read more...

    TAGS: counselling, gambling, mental health

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