We are happy to share with you our 2022/23 Annual Report.
It’s been a big year, with lots of big stories and lots of momentum to be excited about.
It was wonderful to have this opportunity to review just how much the discussion has shifted in one year.
Celebrate the wins we’ve achieved together and get inspired to keep pushing for an Australia free from gambling harm.
Thanks to all our supporters, regardless of how you support us, we couldn’t do it without you.
December 2023 Newsletter
What a year it has been for gambling reform! Our Annual Report 2022-23 outlined a huge number of achievements, all of which are slowly pushing us towards a public health approach to addressing the huge losses and harms experienced by Australians. Unfortunately, we are still by far the country with the largest per capita losses anywhere in the world.
Perhaps the most poignant achievement this year was the ‘Murphy Report’: You Win Some You Lose More delivered to the Federal Government in June. While we still await a response to the critical 31 recommendations from the Federal Government, the clarity and truth of this multi-party report is undeniable. We have called on the federal government to respond to the Murphy report as a matter of urgency and supported Dr Monique Ryan’s bill to increase political transparency.
It was with great sadness that we received the news of Chair of the Inquiry, Peta Murphy’s passing in early December. We have indeed lost a courageous and authentic champion for gambling reform in the federal government. Vale Peta Murphy.
Latest Media Release
Christmas a trigger for spike in gambling - Urgent plea for Prime Minister to act on gambling reforms
20 December 2023
The festive season is ‘a trigger’ for a spike in gambling, increasing the financial toll and stress many families will experience this Christmas, according to the CEO of the Alliance for Gambling Reform, Carol Bennett.
“All the research tells us gambling increases in times of economic hardship and Christmas time brings financial stress, family tension, loneliness, additional free time … all of these are triggers for gambling,” Ms Bennett said.
“And the evidence shows those gambling more at Christmas are typically those who are experiencing greatest financial hardship. They are sold the hope they can solve all their problems with a win - it is a cruel lie that devastates too many lives.”
On 28 November 2023. Alliance Chief Advocate Tim Costello and CEO Carol Bennett joined Zoe Daniel, Kate Chaney MP and mum Cecelia Aull and her daughter Annabelle at a press conference at Australian Parliament House in Canberra calling on the federal government to ban gambling ads. Will the Anthony Albanese government have the resolve to stare down the gambling industry and other vested interests to act in the best interest of the public?’
The Alliance as CEO Carol Bennett and Chief Advocate Tim Costello met with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to discuss gambling harm in Australia.
Excellent meetings on Monday 8 August between Alliance CEO Carol Bennett and Chief Advocate Tim Costello and Rebekha Sharkie MP, Kate Chaney MP, Zoe Daniel, and David Pocock at Parliament House, Canberra. Great to see such support for gambling reform from our independents!
You win some, you lose more – online gambling and its impacts on those experiencing gambling harm.
The Alliance’s response to the recommendations
The Alliance welcomes the long-awaited work of the Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs Report of the inquiry into online gambling and its impacts on those experiencing gambling harm.
Read report here: You win some, you lose more – Parliament of Australia (aph.gov.au)
The Alliance for Gambling Reform (The Alliance) has been concerned about the impact of gambling-like features in both computer games and phone apps for many years. It is not only one element of Australian children being groomed to become gamblers, but it is also being impacted by harm very similar and on-par with gambling harm due to loot boxes. There are a number of useful studies as well as international case studies that provide the Australian Government with the evidence it needs to go further when it comes to classifications of video games, and the Alliance would strongly urge the government to ensure this legislation includes phone apps. READ MORE
END GAMBLING HARM AFTER DARK
The risk of gambling harm from poker machines increases after dark. We know that the high levels of harm being experienced by people in the late hours of the night and early hours of the morning are avoidable.
Click here to learn more and take action
INQUIRY INTO ONLINE GAMBLING AND ITS IMPACTS ON THOSE EXPERIENCING GAMBLING HARM
nline gambling participation has increased exponentially over the past few years and the true extent of its impacts and reach are still being fully understood. However, the evidence available shows significant gambling harm being experienced online by young people and vulnerable community groups with a significant increase in online wagering companies profits over the past few years. Click here to learn more and take action
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Rev Tim Costello
Some of our largest companies and investment funds have a vested interest in poker machine gambling. Governments want few restraints given that $5.5 billion flow into their coffers every year. This is a difficult problem to unlock. Many Australians have a stake in the future of the gambling industry through their superannuation, equity investments and participation in clubs and pubs.
Over the past twenty years this is an industry that has been unleashed on Australia, without reasonable regulatory controls or even a genuine community conversation.
Does anyone have a chance in a race against big gambling?
Alliance For Gambling Reform
21 Feb 2024
Is Australia's political system corrupt?
Can money and power buy the outcomes it wants and do our political leaders yield to their influence if it aligns with their own personal interests or the interests of their party?
While it may not be possible to give a simple "yes" or "no" answer to such questions, there are gravely worrying trends emerging now about our system. Trends that should concern us all.
ACT prohibits poker machines in Molonglo
6 Feb 2024
Carol Bennett, CEO of the Alliance for Gambling Reform, said her legislation proposes “a valid solution to a growing problem that is causing significant harm in the Canberra community”. The Alliance believes it should be implemented in other states and territories.
Gambling reform in Tasmania is too important not have bipartisan support
Alliance For Gambling Reform
17 Feb 2024
If Tasmania successfully progresses with its plans to introduce a cashless pokies card, it will represent a 'gold standard' in reducing gambling harm.
It's a move that is critically needed in Tasmania.
Why Brownlow betting ban was rejected
31 Jan 2024
The Alliance’s Tim Costello, has called on both the AFL and sports gambling firms to ban gambling on the league’s annual best and fairest award. This is as a police investigation into a former AFL umpire accused of sharing insider information drags on. “Round by round betting on the Brownlow should definitely be banned, it’s just ridiculous, it shouldn’t happen.”
Is ACT the Strictest State on Sports Betting?
The Canberra Times
13 Feb 2024
The Alliance for Gambling Reform suggests that such measures would enable ACT to act more effectively in the public's best interest and mitigate the contentious impact of sports betting.
Gamblers losing $23 million a day on the pokies
8 Jan 2024
New data has found individuals in NSW lost $2.1 billion to poker machines in the third quarter of 2023. The Australian Hotels Association says any reform could put jobs at risk WHICH IS A MYTH. Alliance Chief Advocate Tim Costello advocated for the cashless card, and shared some interesting stats