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Pubs and clubs profiting from on-premise gambling
should meet the same requirements as casinos

18 Nov 2022

The Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission (VGCCC) has today
announced Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group (ALH) has been found to be
non-compliant at 80% of its 77 Victorian venues that offer gambling. ALH has not
been adhering to requirements aimed to reduce gambling harm.
Rev. Tim Costello said the findings are appalling and the maximum fine available, a
dismal $1.35 million, is a drop in the ocean for ALH who operate over 12,000 poker
machines across the country.

Submission to Federal online gambling inquiry

Call for a comprehensive national approach to gambling.
Australia is blind to its gambling addiction, governments are complicit

11 Nov 2022

The Alliance for Gambling Reform has called for a comprehensive national approach to combat gambling harm in Australia with losses at world-record levels, devastating families and communities and facilitating organised crime, fraud and money laundering.

In its submission to the Federal online gambling inquiry, the Alliance for Gambling Reform said the lack of effective regulation of gambling promotions, inducements, advertising and sponsorships has enabled Australian culture to be undermined by an industry encouraging and profiting from harmful gambling.

Record $120m Crown fine applauded

7 Nov 2022

The Alliance for Gambling Reform welcomes the maximum fine for Crown’s unethical
treatment of people at risk of, or experiencing gambling harm, following findings from the Royal Commission into Crown Melbourne.

The findings show that Crown breached its obligations a staggering 4.8 million times over 12
years. Many of these obligations were around ensuring people are not using the poker machines for long periods of time (over 18 hours).

Cashless card will combat money laundering, reduce harm

Alarming NSW Crime Commission findings demands urgent action

26 Oct 2022

The alarming findings of the NSW Crime Commission underscore the critical need for the NSW Government to urgently introduce a cashless gambling card across all its pubs, clubs and casinos the chief advocate for the Alliance for Gambling Reform, Tim Costello, says.

Loophole allows poker machine betting 24 hours a day

Victoria’s mandatory closing hours circumvented, harm minimisation voided

18 Oct 2022

Mandatory closing hours for poker machine venues – aimed at minimising gambling harm – are being circumvented with big operators exploiting a loophole to stagger closing times across multiple venues to ensure gambling continues 24 hours a day, a new policy paper has revealed.

Cut max poker machine bets and slash gambling harm in ACT

Territory has country’s highest max bet, it can be the lowest, new paper says

11 Oct 2022

Poker machine losses in the ACT for those suffering gambling harm could be reduced up to 10-fold if the territory introduced maximum $1 bets to replace the current maximum bet which is among the highest in Australia.

Canberrans lose more than $143m a year on poker machines according to the latest available data (2021) and the evidence shows that the current $10 maximum bet per spin on poker machines dramatically increases gambling harm.

Qld Star Casino findings applauded
But Star unlikely to lose its licence, undermining real reform

6 Oct 2022

The Alliance for Gambling Reform has welcomed the recommendations from the Gotterson review that uncovered appalling failures at Star Casinos in Queensland.

The Alliance’s chief advocate, Tim Costello, said it was significant that 8 out of the 12 recommendations focused on harm minimisation recommendations. He also said the move to increase to $100m the penalty a regulator could impose on a Qld casino operator had rightly been brought into line with Victoria and NSW.

National inquiry into online gambling and its impacts warmly welcomed

15 Sept 2022

The Alliance for Gambling Reform welcomes the announcement today by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs announcing an inquiry into online gambling and its impacts.

Nation’s first cashless poker machine card to be applauded -
Tasmanian move will reduce harm and combat money laundering

15 Sept 2022

The Alliance for Gambling Reform has praised the Tasmanian Government’s move to introduce
a mandatory cashless card for all poker machines, hailing it as a significant move to reduce
harm and to combat money laundering.

Star casino findings underscores need for
national gambling regulator

13 Sept 2022

The Australian public can have no confidence in State Governments properly regulating
casinos, a fact highlighted by the latest inquiry which has found the Star Entertainment
Group unfit to hold its Sydney Casino licence.

Australia must establish a national gambling regulator -
New $11 billion annual poker machine losses show our ‘hidden epidemic’

5 Sept 2022

Australians lost more than $11.4 billion to poker machines in pubs and clubs across five states last year, according to the first comprehensive, national analysis of available loss figures which cements Australia as the world’s biggest losers to poker machines per person.

Call for moratorium on facial recognition technology use in alcohol and gambling venues across Australia

19 Aug 2022

Alarming potential to breach the privacy of people who are vulnerable.

Pubs, bars and casinos are using facial recognition technology (FRT) to monitor customers and
exclude those with addictions – despite warnings from human rights experts that these technologies violate privacy laws.

Queenslanders record big hike in poker machine losses

New loss figures revealed during Gambling Harm Awareness Week

20 July 2022

Queenslanders are losing big on poker machines, losing more than $250m a month, which represents a jump of up to 33% on losses compared to 12 months ago, the chief advocate for the Alliance for Gambling Reform, Rev. Tim Costello, said.

Veterans’ suicide probe must focus on gambling harms

19 July 2022

Soldiers experience higher rates of gambling addictions and suicide; both are exacerbated by pokies in RSL Clubs

Victorian poker machine losses reach a staggering $66billion

30th anniversary marks a trail of gambling harm

17 July 2022

More than $66 billion has been lost through poker machines in Victoria since their introduction 30 years ago today.

Victorian poker machine losses reach a staggering $66billion

17 July 2022

More than $66 billion has been lost through poker machines in Victoria since their introduction 30 years ago today.

The Alliance for Gambling Reform released their analysis of the staggering losses today, on the 30th anniversary since the first poker machines were introduced on 17 July 1992 at the Dorset Gardens Hotel in Croydon.

Clubs NSW ‘reform’ plan is ‘too little, too late’, aimed at stalling real reform

13 July 2022

After resisting genuine reform for decades, the latest move by ClubsNSW to allow family members to ban people who have suffered gambling harm, is a cynical move designed to avoid real reform, the Alliance for Gambling Reform’s chief advocate, Tim Costello, said.

Clubs NSW ‘reform’ plan is ‘too little, too late’, aimed at stalling real reform

13 July 2022

After resisting genuine reform for decades, the latest move by ClubsNSW to allow family members to ban people who have suffered gambling harm, is a cynical move designed to avoid real reform, the Alliance for Gambling Reform’s chief advocate, Tim Costello, said.

Crown: Blackstone decision to harm community

9 July 2022

Major concerns over lack of transparency and accountability

NSW must boost to 100m the fines it can impose on casinos

21 June 2022

The NSW Government must move urgently to increase the pitiful maximum $1 million fine the regulator can fine casino operators in the wake of the ‘bitterly disappointing’ decision by the regulator to give Crown approval to open its gaming operations.

Crown: Blackstone decision to harm the community

8 June 2022

Major concerns over lack of transparency and accountability

The decision to hand the foreign-owned Blackstone Group the license to operate Crown Casino means there will be less transparency and greater risk of gambling harm to the community.

Pitiful penalties give Star Casino impunity. Record $80 Million Crown fine must be replicated in NSW

31 May 2022

The record $80m fine imposed on Crown Casino shines a spotlight on the pitiful penalties available to regulators in response to evidence of money laundering, organised crime, fraud and foreign interference at Star Casino.

More sanctions must follow $80m Crown fine - Record penalty ‘absolutely appropriate’

30 May 2022

The record $80m fine imposed on Crown Casino was absolutely appropriate and should be followed by other sanctions in response to the appalling revelations that emerged out of the Royal Commission.

Political integrity reform must tackle donations: Gambling’s $50m in donations shows our rotten system

23 May 2022

The groundswell for greater political integrity in Australian politics must as a priority tackle our rotten system of political donations, according to the chief advocate of the Alliance for Gambling Reform, Tim Costello.

Silence on gambling reform comes amid news of political donations

11 May 2022

The failure of the major political parties to campaign on gambling reform, such as restricting sports gambling advertising to protect children, is appalling, according to the chief advocate of the Alliance for Gambling Reform, Tim Costello.

Another Month, another record broken as Victorian's lose $257.3M in March

25 Apr 2022

Today the Alliance is calling for significant harm reduction measures to be implemented after a record $257.3m was lost to poker machines in Victoria in just one month.

Crown WA must be held accountable for harm caused

23 Mar 2022

Today the Alliance is calling for Crown WA to have its casino licence revoked, in a way that minimises impact on staff and the community. The Western Australian Government must also implement all the recommendations of the report into Crown as soon as possible. No holder of any future casino licence anywhere in Australia can be too big to fail.

NRL Teams joining Reclaim The Game a fantastic first step, but what about poker machines?

6 Mar 2022

The Alliance is today congratulating the move by the Rabbitohs and Bulldogs in joining Reclaim the Game. But now we need them to take the logical next step and divest from the poker machines in their clubs which inflict untold harm on the very communities they represent.

Victorians lost how much to poker machines in just one month?

27 Feb 2022

In December 2021 and January 2022 Victoria shattered records that would’ve been best left untouched. Data published by the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission showed losses from poker machines was well over $250 million in just one month.

Blackstone can’t just wash their hands clean of Crown’s past sins

13 Feb 2022

With Crown Resorts announcing today they would accept the Blackstone takeover bid, the Alliance is calling for stronger legislation and a regulator with teeth to properly hold them accountable.

$3.7m fine just the cost of doing business for SportsBet

8 Jan 2022

With SportsBet being fined $2.5 million in penalties and forced to refund customers another $1.2 million after breaching Australia’s spam laws, the Alliance for Gambling Reform has today called for further action.

The NSW Government has been bought out by the gambling industry

19 Dec 2021

With the announcement that Victor Dominello will lose the Gambling portfolio in the NSW cabinet reshuffle the Alliance for Gambling Reform is calling out the silencing of one of the most effective advocates for tackling gambling harm we’ve seen in over 25 years.

Gambling Industry controls NSW Cabinet

14 Dec 2021

NSW citizens should be shocked at the news that the gambling industry’s influence extends to picking and choosing Ministers, says the Alliance for Gambling Reform. Victor Dominello, who has worked hard for two years simply to bring in overdue reforms to reduce gambling harm, faces losing this key public health portfolio in alarming news today.

NSW Premier must announce judicial inquiry into money laundering in pubs and clubs now

8 Dec 2021

With further revelations this morning confirming that money laundering is widespread in pubs and clubs across the state, the Alliance for Gambling Reform is now calling for a public judicial inquiry.

Passage of Casino Amendment Bill an important first step, but can’t be the last

2 Dec 2021

The Alliance for Gambling Reform welcomes the passage of the Casino Amendment Bill 2021 today in the Victorian Legislative Council. While the Bill is a welcome step in the right direction, much more is needed to be done to protect the wellbeing of communities across the state.

Welcome spotlight on pokies and crime

30 Nov 2021

The Alliance for Gambling Reform says a NSW Crime Commission inquiry into money laundering via poker machines is much needed, but a lack of focus on the role of pub and club management in this scandal is most disappointing.

Survivors of gambling harm meet with Victorian MPs in wake of Crown Royal Commission

30 Nov 2021

Today the Alliance for Gambling Reform and survivors with lived experience of gambling harm will gather at Victorian Parliament to meet with government, opposition and crossbench MPs in the wake of the Crown Royal Commission and the upcoming passage of the Casino Amendment Bill 2021.

98% of NSW Council Candidates commit to reducing gambling harm in their community if elected

18 Nov 2021

The Alliance for Gambling Reform has today revealed that 98% of council candidates surveyed in the upcoming NSW Local Government election committed to implementing measures to reduce gambling harm in their communities if elected.

Melbourne Cup nothing more than a tsunami of gambling ads

1 Nov 2021

With the Melbourne Cup upon us, The Alliance for Gambling Reform has today renewed its calls for an end to gambling ads in wake of the revelation that over 440,000 sports gambling related advertisements have been aired this year alone.