Electronic gambling machines can be highly addictive, and are associated with very high rates of gambling harm. Many of the mechanisms of this potential for addiction are now becoming clearer.
Even with responsible gambling measures in place, excessive gambling remains a problem and a significant cost to society.
Pokies, housing, hospitals and gun laws might have been the specific issues that dominated the campaign, but the decisive factor was Tasmanians’ enduring apprehension about minority government.
Pokies companies want to keep their customers "in the zone", that's why they spend so much to keep tabs on them.
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.
The Tasmanian Liberal party is promoting gaming industry estimates that 'around 5,000 jobs' would be at risk if poker machines were removed from pubs and clubs in Tasmania. Are the estimates correct?
Disadvantage predicts the extent of poker machine losses far more in Tasmania than in other Australian states and territories.
Research that studied the pokie risks gamblers were prepared to take after they held a live crocodile has been awarded one of this year's Ig Nobel prizes.
Gambling has impacts on many aspects of life – including employment, income and wealth. The release of HILDA's latest survey provides more evidence to help inform decisions on gambling policy.
While fewer people are gambling on the pokies, the amount of money lost per gambler has remained relatively constant over time.
In Tasmania, a changing cast of actors has colluded to grant extreme riches to a single family, extracted in large part from the state’s most disadvantaged citizens.
Allowing pokies to continue to be concentrated in Tasmania’s most stressed local areas will continue to cause preventable harm to tens of thousands of Tasmanians every year.
The gambling industry continues to make handsome donations to our politicians, and recently named some of those it supports.
The harm pokies cause is widespread and tends to affect those already under significant stress. $1 bets are a good first step toward reducing this harm.
The gambling industry certainly holds an attraction for former politicians. Perhaps it’s all that money, and the attraction of staying in the game – even if at a peripheral level.
While it is up for debate as to whether there are questions to be answered about various industry tactics and links to politicians, what isn’t a secret is how poker machines actually work.
Gambling losses in Australia are now close to $23 billion. What's driving this? And do we need to reform gambling regulation?
There is a coterie of politicians on both sides who are trusted, or at any rate supported by, the pokies lobby.
Polls suggest that Nick Xenophon’s team will win a bag of Senate seats. Along with a re-elected Andrew Wilkie, and the Greens, will there be enthusiasm for gambling reform in the next parliament?
The Nick Xenophon Team is to this election what the Palmer United Party was to the 2013 one. It is potentially the 'next big new thing' in the Senate.