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Welcome to April



The past week was a reminder of just how bizarre the narrative around gambling and its role in Australian culture can be when it comes to what, and even whether, gambling harm is experienced let alone the solutions to address it. The calling into question of extensive evidence and recommendations put forward by numerous inquiries and reviews from Royal Commissions and organisations such as the NSW Crime Commission was surreal.  

In giving evidence to the ACT Inquiry into Cashless Gambling on 27 March 2024, Tim and I called for cashless gambling including harm reduction features - reforms that would address the escalating losses in a small jurisdiction of less than 500,000 people. Let's hope for the sake of Canberrans that common sense will prevail rather than the fantasy world inhabited by gambling industry lobbyists who seem to deny any harms or any evidence that runs counter to them increasing their profits (even in their not-for-profit clubs).  

On the national front, it was good to see Jodie Belyea, the newly elected member for Dunkley in the seat previously held by the late Peta Murphy, honouring Peta in her first speech where she promised to remain an advocate for Peta’s work on gambling reform.  And another champion for gambling reform, Greens senator Janet Rice also gave her valedictory speech in parliament in the same week.  We wish them both well in their ongoing endeavours.

Tasmanians went to the polls last month and for the Alliance and many other gambling reform groups, the commitment to introduction of the cashless gambling card with binding and default limits continues to be the focus. As the first state to introduce this measure, the implications for national reform are critical. We will continue to advocate strongly for the new minority Liberal government to follow through on this landmark reform.  

This edition of enews covers some important issues in gambling reform including:

  • The NT Government rushing through watered down legislation

  • The decision to grant Crown Casino its license

  • Urgent gambling reform needed in ACT

  • NSW Government refusing to release results of its cashless card trial

  • Sweeping new reforms to Queensland Casinos 

  • Alliance Pre-Budget submission calling for investment in gambling reform

  • Government's lobbyist controls toothless and opaque

On the councils and supporters front we welcome the City of Wangaratta as a Leadership Council! It's good to see a focus on reducing gambling harm in so many regional areas who experience disproportionate gambling losses and harms.  

And with the footy season kicking off in March, it was a reminder of just how saturated we are in gambling ads. Just minutes after the first bounce in a round one AFL game, families watching on free-to-air television were exposed to more than 70 gambling ads – and all before 8pm! Action on gambling ads is well overdue and we need to see the federal government step up to the challenge of a ban on sports gambling advertising. You can help us to end gambling harm by making a regular donation to support our End Gambling Ads Campaign.

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It is now eight months on from when Peta Murphy delivered her multiparty inquiry report into online gambling and we are still awaiting a response from the Federal government to the 31 unanimous recommendations. We remain hopeful that Peta’s parliamentary committee together with a large contingent of gambling reformers will be heard, with a full and comprehensive ban on gambling advertising among many other important reforms that have been neglected and are long overdue.

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There is usually a lull in Canberra over the winter break from parliament, but for those of us working towards gambling reform, this has been a very busy period. The Federal Parliament is now focusing on gambling reform, especially in the wake of the federal inquiry into online gambling and its impact on those experiencing gambling harm. Change is on the way.

Tim and I had the opportunity to meet with the Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese to discuss the reforms and the Alliance’s views on the government’s response to the inquiry report. We have also met with the Leader of the Federal Opposition, Peter Dutton; Office of the Minister for Communications, Michelle Rowland; Minister for Social Services, Amanda Rishworth; federal crossbench MPs and Greens Senator Janet Rice to discuss the way forward on online gambling.

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MARCH 2023

There is so much potential for gambling reform on so many fronts and featuring highly on both State and Commonwealth agendas. The chorus of voices calling for our political leaders to step up and do something to remove the hold that gambling has over every aspect of our lives from our sport to advertising, online to our phones – we are saturated in availability of gambling products at every turn.

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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.

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Welcome to our JUNE NEWSLETTER

JUNE 2023

The Alliance for Gambling Reform is making a difference. We have seen real progress in gambling reform thanks to the tireless work and support of a growing movement for change. The last few weeks alone has seen:

three private members bills tabled in federal parliament to ban gambling ads

significant fines imposed on Crown Casino (to date now around $750m in total!)

a decision by the NT government not to grant 20 additional poker machine licenses in Alice Springs with community campaigning at an all-time high

a focus on the role of sporting codes in promoting gambling

calls for strengthened privacy legislation to protect our kids from gambling companies collecting their data (and we join in a Digital Rights Watch campaign)

several motions from Councils adopted at the Australian Local Government Association conference to reduce gambling harm

a campaign by local MLA Marisa Paterson in Canberra to make a new development ‘pokies free’

And then the Guardian banned all forms of gambling advertising globally – which meant not taking an estimated millions of dollars in advertising revenue!

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Our first newsletter of the year highlights what has been an eventful start to the year, especially in the lead up to the NSW state election. Gambling is a key election issue, and we have seen more meaningful debate and commitment to gambling reform in the space of a month than would usually occur over a year!

We have seen Premier Perrottet commit to cashless gambling, albeit with limitations including the timeframes too long and default limits not enforced. Opposition leader Chris Minns is maintaining his commitment to another limited trial of cashless gambling in some pubs and clubs. Greens and some key independents have committed to cashless gambling.

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Gambling Harm Awareness Week in October provided a good opportunity to celebrate progress being made around the country on gambling reform, while pushing for further reform addressing the escalating national losses and other gambling harms.

And with poker machine losses at $14.5b across five states - 13.7% higher than the last full pre-covid year 2018-19, Australians are coming in first as the world biggest gambling losers by a mile. It all seems at odds with the current cost of living crisis, but in another way makes sense that when people are feeling pressure they might be seeking out a quick win or a way to escape the daily reality. Either way, as the tagline says ‘chances are you are about to lose’ and these losses translate into significant and growing harm across our communities.

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Welcome to our MAY NEWSLETTER

MAY 2023

Our joint symposium Tackling Gambling Harm in Australia, co-hosted with the Public Health Association of Australia, was held on Monday 1 May in Adelaide. It was a pre-preventive health conference event and provided an excellent opportunity to partner with the health sector to bring together more than 100 people to hear from Australia’s leading experts in gambling harm. The symposium provided a focus on finding solutions to address the harm that can and does arise from gambling. The need for gambling harm to be a recognised public health issue underpinned by a national strategy and real investment in prevention, treatment, support and research was a key outcome.

Important and overdue reform including a ban on gambling advertising was given high priority by participants at the symposium. Its high on the Alliance’s list of priorities too. A huge thank you to those who are making a regular donation of $10 a month to support our End Gambling Ads Campaign! As the Alliance does not receive state or federal government funding, this support is invaluable in enabling us to do our policy and advocacy work.



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