NSW Pokie Ban Picks Up Major New Supporter

Efforts to ban pokies and other gambling devices from public spaces in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) have picked up steam with addition of a major, new supporter. The Northern Beaches Council, recently passed a measure that will greatly reduce the pokie profile in Sydney and is pressuring the Government of NSW…

Local Governments Demand New Stake Limits for Pokies

A group of Australian local councils has upped the ante in the battle to lower the maximum bets on the slots machines known as pokies. Earlier this week, a group of 18 local councils from the State of Victoria banded together to announce their support of both stakes and the anti-gambling group behind the effort…

MP Wilkie Likes FOBT Stake Limits for Aussie Gamblers

When UK lawmakers made good on their promises to regulate the maximum wager on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) last week, they set forth a precedent that Australian MP Andrew Wilkie would like to follow. Earlier this week, the anti-gambling MP advocated the institution of severe stake limits on Aussie FOBTs, aka Pokies. Wilkie's move,…

Aussie Pokie Reforms Under Fire for Not Going Far Enough

A new set of reforms on Pokies in New South Wales is under fire for not going far enough and leaving certain, at-risk, communities vulnerable to the impact of problem gambling. It's just the latest volley in the ongoing effort to control Australia's controversial slot machines at a regulatory level. At the core of the…

Xenophon's View on Pokies Changes from Total Ban to Reduce By a Third

When it comes to pokies, and their place in Australian society, politician Nick Xenophon just can't seem to make up his mind. It wasn't that long ago that the famously anti-gambling politician supported a full ban on the local version of a slot machine. Then he backed away from that stance and said he'd given…

Nick Xenophon Gives Up on Aussie Pokie Ban Efforts

The Australian government's war on pokies has, seemingly, ended and it looks as though the pokies actually won. Earlier this week the SA Best Party announced that it is giving up its efforts to enact a total ban on the controversial slot machines that would have included pubs and hotels. SA Best is the party…

Is Nick Xenophon Chilling Out When it Comes to Gambling?

Is Nick Xenophon, Australian gambling's biggest enemy, softening his stance on pokies in 2018? That's the impression that the long time anti-gambling agitator is giving to some of Australia's biggest news outlets. According to a report in the Australian, as reported on by CalvinAyre.com, the man who has fought hard to pull pokies and sports…

Tasmanian Liberals Stand Up as Pokie Protection Party

As election time looms in Australia, the Tasmanian Liberal Party has a message for voters; pokies are perfectly legal and should not be banned. It's a hot topic in the Australian state where Labor would like to ban pokies and say goodbye to the machines (and the tax revenue they generate) by 2023. The Liberal…