OPINION PIECES

On pokies, it seems NSW Labor stands for social injustice

On pokies, it seems NSW Labor stands for social injustice

In more than 30 years of campaigning for gambling reform, I have not witnessed the anger that now exists at the excesses of the gambling industry.

Everyone I speak to is fed up with being bombarded by gambling ads on our screens. Australia is a virtually unregulated, Wild West for foreign-owned online sports gambling agencies that are registered in the Northern Territory and pay minimal tax.

9 Nov 2022

Rev Tim Costello
Federal government must introduce national gambling regulator

Federal government must introduce national gambling regulator

Most people were not offended by the tagline, gamble responsibly - that followed the multitude of gambling advertisements that we are bombarded with every day.

But if people understood the deliberate irresponsibility of the industry, the evidence that through its casinos and poker machines in pubs and clubs it has facilitated organised crime, fraud and money laundering involving billions of dollars - they would think differently.

6 Nov 2022

Rev Tim Costello
Pokies venues should be shut after midnight

Pokies venues should be shut after midnight

Almost 20 years ago the Victorian government finally moved to impose closing hours on the state’s poker machine venues.

The laws were far from draconian. Venues were required to close for just four hours a day – which meant gambling could still happen in the wee small hours of the day when those who suffer the most gambling harm are likely to lose the most.

24 Oct 2022

Rev Tim Costello
We need stronger, national curbs on gambling

We need stronger, national curbs on gambling

Activists from the Grassroots Action Network of Tasmania protest against poker machines outside Parliament House in November 2021.

The departure of Star Entertainment Group’s acting chief, Geoff Hogg, could not have come at a worse time for the group, which on Tuesday is due to plead its case to the NSW casino regulator after it was found unfit to hold its licence.

27 Sept 2022

Rev Tim Costello
Gambling is changing why we watch the AFL grand final and other sporting events

Gambling is changing why we watch the AFL grand final and other sporting events

As we approach the AFL Grand Final and the completion of another season we often ask - how is the health of the game?

The Hawthorn racism scandal has exploded into the media at the very time the league celebrates its season's zenith. It is too early to tell what these revelations will mean for other teams and the wider league.

22 Sept 2022

Rev Tim Costello
Carol Bennett: How helpful is facial recognition in pubs and clubs in tackling problem gambling?

Carol Bennett: How helpful is facial recognition in pubs and clubs in tackling problem gambling?

It should be alarming to people that when they next go into their local pub or club they could have their faces scanned and their data stored.

There is a growing industry push across the nation to use new facial recognition technology.

19 Aug 2022

Carol Bennett, AGR CEO