the coalition’s outsourced gambling policy debacle

A few weeks ago, when it was revealed that a tent company had paid for Coalition immigration spokesperson Scott Morrison’s trip to Nauru, I joked that the Coalition would probably end up outsourcing their gambling policy to Clubs Australia. It was a throwaway line that got a few laughs.

I’m not laughing any longer… because that’s exactly what has happened.

$1 bets – the lies that sunk the dream

Picture this.

The government, belatedly realising that the poker machine industry has gone too far in its quest to maximise profits, decides to act. They announce that as a measure to combat problem gambling, the maximum bet on poker machines will be slashed. An aggressive timeframe is put in place; industry has two months to ensure all new machines comply, and within two years all poker machines, new and old, must meet the new standard.

the live odds con

Much has been made lately about banning the promotion of live odds for sports betting. It’s a topic that has simmered along for quite some time, but has recently gained momentum since everywhere-man Tom Waterhouse bullocked his way into practically every corner of the media. His grinning face has proven to the catalyst for an unprecedented reaction from the viewing public, and it seems that reaction has not gone unnoticed.