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  • Victoria’s Pokies Freeze Is Cold Comfort

    When I heard the news yesterday that the Victorian government was announcing new poker machine reforms, I was understandably interested. There hadn’t been any warning that an announcement was on the cards… what kind of reforms were they going to announce? After years of inertia and tinkering around the edges, were we finally going to see some change that really mattered?

    Short answer: no.

  • NSW’s Dirty Dozen

    They’re NSW’s dirty dozen: 12 registered clubs that in any other country would be called casinos. Enormous entertainment complexes that between them operate close to seven thousand poker machines, make almost one billion dollars in gambling revenue every year… yet call themselves not-for-profit organisations and enjoy lucrative tax concessions from the state government.

  • A Tale Of Two Pubs

    Two new pubs are planned for Melbourne’s south-east… and they couldn’t be more different.

  • Lifeline boss joins poker machine lobby group

    Lifeline boss joins poker machine lobby group

    This is incredibly disappointing. Lifeline boss Carrie Leeson has taken a position on the board of a new clubs lobby group in the ACT, which not only represents clubs with over 1000 poker machines but is also calling for access to automated casino-style gambling in clubs.

  • Officer’s poker machine stand-off

    Officer’s poker machine stand-off

    Officer is a small suburb in the Shire of Cardinia, deep in Melbourne’s south-east. Nestled in between Beaconsfield and Pakenham, it’s part of Melbourne’s expanding growth corridor… and bizarrely, that puts it at threat from Victoria’s poker machine industry.

  • Yourplay is here… and it’s annoying.

    Yourplay is here… and it’s annoying.

    It’s December 1. Apart from being the first day of summer, that also means it’s the first day of Yourplay, the Victorian government’s much-hyped pre-commitment system for poker machines.


  • Pokie-free pubs in Queensland – 2015

    Pokie-free pubs in Queensland – 2015

    Since publishing my list of Victoria’s pokie-free pubs, there has been a lot of interest in similar lists for other states. So without further ado, here is the 2015 Cyenne list of pokie-free pubs for Queensland.

  • Pokie-free pubs in Victoria – 2015

    Pokie-free pubs in Victoria – 2015

    I first published my list of pokie-free pubs in Victoria over 5 years ago, and it’s become one of the most popular pages on this site. I then converted that list into a stand-alone website but it became too difficult to maintain and after several corruption events, I had to shut it down.

    5 years is a long time, and it’s time for an update. Enjoy, and please let me know if you see a pub that shouldn’t be here, or know of one that I’ve missed.

  • An opportunity lost

    An opportunity lost

    It’s been five years since the 2010 federal election. Five years since Julia Gillard shook hands with Andrew Wilkie and agreed to legislate poker machine reforms, thereby gaining his support and allowing Labor to form a minority government.