Government blueprint for TV self regulation of sports gambling ads

Margo, UPDATED: Here’s the latest Government attempt to make this issue go away, thanks to Fairfax Media Press Gallery journalist Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan). It is a minimalist position the gambling and TV industry will love to support to get them out of jail without pain. Note there is no ad ban, even in childrens’ viewing time. Looks like @StephenJonesMP has dropped his pledge to seek Caucus approval for his private members bill for a ban – text of his facebook statement below, followed by the PM’s statement. All promotions of odds by gambling companies and commentators will be banned during the broadcast of live sports matches, under new rules. The […]

Time to shred the old ‘Gambling Action Response’ script, Conroy

By Tom Cummings @NoFibs Gambling Reporter May 22, 2013 There’s a script floating around Canberra, called the “Gambling Action Response” script. It’s a succinct little document that gets dusted off and put into action every time someone has the temerity to suggest that maybe, just maybe, we need to do something about the widespread incursion of gambling into every corner of our lives. Remember poker machines? They used to be THE hot gambling topic not so long ago. There was strong public support for changes to the poker machine industry and the pokies themselves, and the cause was led by a couple of politicians who championed their cause as hard […]

Life after pokies: A musical solution

By Tom Cummings (@cyenne40) March 5, 2013 In New South Wales RSL clubs are synonymous with poker machines. They’ve been part of the furniture for decades, and many NSW RSLs have become sprawling entertainment meccas by riding on the back of gaming machine revenue. Unlike their northern cousins, however, Victorian RSLs have always had an uneasy relationship with the pokies. Maybe it’s because poker machines were a relatively late addition, only being legalised in Victoria in the early 1990s. Maybe it’s because clubs in Victoria have to play by the same rules as pubs, and don’t have a raft of advantages enshrined in law. Whatever the reason, poker machines have not, […]

Life after pokies: A grassroots fightback

By Tom Cummings (@cyenne40) February 25, 2013 There are an awful  lot of pubs and clubs in Australia. I should know; I’ve visited a lot of them. Country clubs, city pubs and everything in between; from Mooloolabah to Blacktown to Bright, and more besides. I’ve spent plenty of time in watering holes up and down the length of Australia’s east coast, and I’ve learned one fundamental truth. There are two types of pub in Australia, two types of club. Those with poker machines, and those without. No matter how you dress them up with fancy decor and boutique beers, or dress them down with fence-paling bars and chooks out the […]