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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Gambling on the pokies - recommendations for government policy

    Posted 6/05/2011 by Matthew Thomas
    The Parliamentary Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform has just released a report into the design and implementation of a mandatory pre-commitment system for electronic gaming (poker) machines.The introduction of mandatory pre-commitment technology for poker machines was one of Independent MP, Andrew Wilkie’s key demands in return for support of the minority Gillard government after the last federal election.Under the agreement, Labor agreed to begin implementing pre-commitment technology b... Read more...

    TAGS: gambling, paternalism, poker machines

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