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Carol Bennett

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It’s been a busy time here at the Alliance with more public attention focussed on gambling and its harms than ever before.  A huge thank you to you for your continued support!  


The Alliance would like to share a few of the things we’ve been up to.  Here’s a quick whip around of what’s been happening.  As always, we appreciate your feedback and insights and if you would like to support our work you can do so here

Out and About

On Tuesday, June 14, we hosted a successful fundraising event, “An evening with Tim Costello”. The evening focused on what we can do to stamp out sports gambling ads, and shared powerful stories of the lived experience of gambling harm.


We also attended the National Australian Local Government Association conference in Canberra, working with many of our Leadership Councils to denounce gambling harm and work towards offering alternative late-night options.


The event was attended by Carol Bennett (CEO), Kasuni Mendis (Councils Gambling Harm Support Officer) and Board member Susan Rennie.


In other local government news, we are working closely with Kingston City Council, in an effort to close a planning loophole enabling close proximity of gambling venues and supermarkets.

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Alliance staff with representatives from Kingston City Council at the ALGA conference

Campaign Updates


We’ve been keeping abreast of the Royal Commissions into Crown and Star Casinos.
We’ve welcomed the Australian Communications and Media’s (ACMA’s) actions towards a National Self Exclusion Register and Hawthorn Football Club’s divestment form Poker machines.

We’ve supported the Victorian Gaming Minister’s new Gambling harm minimisation measures,

We supported the Mparntwe/Alice Springs community in its campaign to stop new poker machines in their community with a petition and call for submissions.

We eagerly await the results of the NSW government’s White Paper on gambling harm minimisation

Latest Blogs

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Voices for Gambling Reform -
"A journey from harm to empowerment"

In June, Anna Bardsley, Paul Fung and Carolyn Crawford presented A journey from harm to empowerment at the 2022 NZ International Gambling Conference.

They spoke about their work within Voices for Gambling Reform, a key program of AGR that supports and empowers people impacted by gambling harm to be powerful advocates for change.

Too often “consumers” are engaged in ways that are shallow and disrespectful of their knowledge and expertise, instead of being given meaningful decision-making power and being included in organisational power structures.

The workshop invited participants to do better in this area. 

Image by Christin Hume


This month, we provided submissions to the NSW Crime Commission clubs and pubs inquiry into money laundering, input to the Vic Department of Justice for the Royal Commission legislation and the ACT government on lower bets and credit limits inquiry.

We are currently working on two major casino inquiry submissions in both Queensland and South Australia.  We will engage our Voices for Gambling Reform group to bring lived experience to the fore.

Social Media

Here are some of our most popoular stories on social media.
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Tabcorp urges ban on gambling ads on TV

21 November 2022

Tabcorp managing director and CEO Adam Rytenskild has said Tabcorp will phase out gambling advertising during peak times even if the government does not enact new laws. The caveat on that deal (one source said) is that Tabcorp’s own stations such as Sky Racing – which run non-stop gambling ads – would be exempt from the proposed blackout.


Game, set, bankrupt: how an addiction to gambling on tennis lost me £40,000

20 November 2022

The UK gambling industry is worth billions, with 5% of customers responsible for 70% of that revenue. That includes me – after my addiction spiralled in the pandemic


Scattered voters lose democracy sausage spirit

23 November 2022

"You have to wonder why neither of the major parties will commit to pokie reforms, despite record losses in pokies by the Victorian community this year. Is it because they don’t want to help those with shocking gambling addictions or is it because they don’t want to lose support of gambling donations?" Sophie Paterson, Hawthorn


Gambling’s Spread

21 November 2022

Four years ago, betting on live sports was illegal in most of the United States. Now, fans watching games or attending them at stadiums are barraged with advertisements encouraging them to bet on matchups, not just watch as spectators.


More Australians gambling online as AMA calls for government regulation

24 November 2022

The AMA is calling on the federal government to do more to regulate online gambling platforms and advertising of online gambling products in a submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Online Gambling and its Impacts on Those Experiencing Gambling Harm.

It comes as new research from the Australian Gambling Research Centre shows many Australians opened accounts with online gambling companies for the first time during COVID-19. Nearly 1 in 3 of those surveyed said they signed up for a new online betting account during COVID-19. Young men were the most likely group to sign up for new accounts, increase their monthly spend on gambling and be at risk of gambling related harm.


Revealed: star football pundits promote World Cup gambling despite ban

20 November 2022

Football pundits Harry Redknapp, Peter Crouch and Robbie Keane are helping to promote betting on World Cup matches despite stricter rules on celebrity gambling endorsements to protect young people.

Fifa officials estimate the last World Cup generated £120bn in betting turnover. Gambling companies hope for a similar betting spree for this year’s tournament, despite a ban on gambling in Qatar.


You can also see all the latest media featuring the Alliance for Gamlbing Reform via our website.

You can also view our latest Media Releases.


Independent Reviews into casinos operating in Queensland and South Australia are now underway.  AGR has worked to achieve input to NSW, WA and Victorian Inquiries to date.  

Your financial support will enable us to provide timely and high quality advice and advocacy, informed by expert evidence-based harm reduction policy recommendations and the input of people with lived-experience of gambling harm.  


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