Can Pope Francis stop Catholic casinos in Australia? @e2mq173 comments






By Errol Brandt Last week, Pope Francis set himself and the Catholic church an enormous challenge.  His Apostolic Exhortation called for decentralisation of power and a renewed focus on shattering the ‘idolatry of money’.  This pope seems less concerned by abortion, contraception and homosexuality and more concerned with the treatment of the poor and disadvantaged […]






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, […]






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 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 […]






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 […]