The Victorian government has announced major reforms intended to reduce harm caused by poker machines.
If implemented, the recommendations of Australia’s online gambling inquiry will advance regulation by several orders of magnitude.
Our research absolutely does not ‘state very clearly that cash has big advantages for gamblers’.
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Despite being in power for 12 years, Dominic Perrottet’s government is making an unusual pitch for re-election and giving Chris Minns’ Labor opposition a run for its money.
The UK is currently review its gambling regulations.
The UK has a gambling problem but some of its neighbours could provide inspiration on how to prevent gambling harms.
The country’s history of state-sanctioned gambling goes back to the early 19th century.
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Australians lose more money gambling on sports, per capita, than any country in the world.
Many countries have done much more to reduce gambling-related harm than we have in Australia.
How many happy gamblers, jobs and profits does it take to make up for the suicides, bankruptcies and domestic violence? Regulators must make cost-benefit guesstimates when considering applications.
While total gambling spending in Australia decreased during 2016-17, sports betting increased by 15.3%, from A$921 million to A$1.062 billion.
Banning offshore gambling sites sounds sensible enough, and the federal government is planning to do this. But to what extent are these sites really ripping off Australian gamblers?
Fixed-odds betting terminals have been called the ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling.
That the government has finally moved to limit the damage is welcome, but there is much still to do.
The evidence behind Nick Xenophon’s proposed gambling reforms in South Australia is reasonably strong.
Nick Xenophon says the proposals encapsulated in his party’s gambling policy for the South Australian election are just the start of a wider push for reform.
For some people, fixed-odds betting terminals are ferociously addictive, producing big profits for bookies and a rise in problem gambling. What’s the solution?
While gaming advertising will be banned before 8.30pm, the ban doesn’t extend to perimeter advertising or on-air mentions of betting odds.
When is the upcoming ban on early evening TV sports betting ads not a real ban? When it’s a partial ban that ignores how real people watch sport.
Poker machines are wildly unpopular in the electorate – so why fight an election on them?
The gambling lobby’s failure to seriously influence the 2016 ACT election should embolden governments around Australia that have a mind to deal with gambling reform.
Former NSW premier Barry O'Farrell struck a deal with ClubsNSW while in opposition.
There is a coterie of politicians on both sides who are trusted, or at any rate supported by, the pokies lobby.
Former minister Peter Garrett retracted claims about receiving cash in an envelope from a representative of a gambling industry lobby group.
The gambling industry knows how to wield power, and does it with great expertise, backed by significant resources.
Those concerned with the growing harms of online gambling will be disappointed with the terms of reference of a new Australian review.
At least 75% of those with a gambling problem have it because of poker machines in clubs or pubs. Yet we see little concern from the government about this group.
Slot machines are designed to make losses seem like wins.
A 2011 Massachusetts law allows for the expansion of gambling, including slot machines. That law is now on the November 2014 election ballot for potential repeal. This is a real opportunity for voters…
Your odds of winning are greatly improved if you own a casino.
Gambling is good business, or at least a profitable one. According to the American Gaming Association, in 2012 the 464 commercial casinos in the US served 76.1 million patrons and grossed $US37.34 billion…
One way to manage problem gambling would be to limit the supply of poker machines.
Casino gaming is on the rise across much of the developed world, with governments increasingly unable to resist the allure of windfall taxes and a hefty influx of cash for the local economy. Massachusetts…