Griffith Candidate Forum: @JanBowQLD reports

By Jan Bowman 6 August 2013 So this is what it feels like to live in the electorate of the sitting prime minister of Australia. We are just two days into the election campaign and Kevin Rudd has finally got the debate he has so long wanted – but with his LNP opponent in Griffith, Bill Glasson. The media circus is in town. I arrived early but the television networks were already there. Channel 7 and 10 trucks and generators were set up in the Colsmlie Hotel car park, cameras were hoisted onto shoulders and reporters were coiffured and practicing their pieces to camera. I was amused and slightly embarrassed […]

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 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 […]