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Reckon pokies reform doesn’t work? Look to Victoria

Real per capita poker machine expenditure is down by 25% in Victoria over the last decade. There are lessons in that for gambling reform in other states, writes Monash University’s Charles Livingstone.

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A State of Mind | LINKS|

Salvos pokies trial: proof that nothing can be better than something

The latest in a series of self-inflicted PR disasters for the Salvos involves a controversial clubs and Chaplaincy program destined to do more harm than good, writes Mr Tiedt.

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Gambling and smoking lobbies: different campaigns, same tactics

Having achieved their goal of delaying pokies reform, Clubs Australia have borrowed heavily from the tobacco industry playbook and launched a new campaign presenting themselves as the good guys, writes Charles Livingston.

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ACMA squibs again: how Nine got away with pokie propaganda

The one agency of media regulation in this country with genuine powers seems determined not to use them. David Salter examines its latest finding against the Nine Network.

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Pokies: regressive, harmful and they never really pay out

About $9.7 billion was lost on pokies in 2010-11, and about $180 million was claimed by pokie operators as community benefit — just 1.9% of the total of losses. Charles Livingstone reports on his findings.

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Decision time in Andrews-land on double rates pokies slug

After a three-year debate, Manningham City Council in Melbourne’s affluent eastern suburbs tonight will finally have a public vote on whether to introduce double rates on the municipality’s seven pokies venues.

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Mayne v Andrews: big parties awash with pokies cash

Pokies industry donations for 2010-11 got a brief mention in yesterday’s coverage and they certainly make for interesting reading when totalled up.

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What are you, chicken?

Why didn’t Prime Minister Julia Gillard put a vote to the House of Reps on mandatory pre-commitment? What’s worse: losing a vote and potentially giving voters the idea that Gillard can’t run the government, or reigniting the issue of trust?

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Wilkie’s pokies bet goes bust; Thomson enters fold

Crikey media wrap: Julia Gillard announced Andrew Wilkie’s proposed mandatory pre-commitment scheme was a loss on the weekend after it failed to get enough crossbench support. Meanwhile, embattled MP Craig Thomson has entered the pokies debate.

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Sydney heavies finally step up on pokies reform

Julia Gillard and responsible minister Jenny Macklin, the two Victorian ladies of the Left, seemed genuinely committed to pokies reform before this week’s confusing antics.

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Mayne: let’s have a pokies debate on maximum hourly losses

Why isn’t anyone in the pokies debate embracing the preferred simpler option in pushing for reductions in the maximum rate of hourly losses that pokies addicts can suffer?

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What Wilkie’s pokies reform didn’t bet on: the internet

The commotion surrounding Labor’s delay of Andrew Wilkie’s pokies reform takes on different meaning when viewed through the context of the inevitable, which is that the future of gambling resides on the internet, writes Alan Kohler.

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The Age | FEDERAL|

How to end pokies addictions

Former pokies addict Scott Eagar offers an alternative viewpoint to fighting problem gambling amongst the talk of pokies legislation and pre-commitment: kill the feature option.

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Packer comes to lunch, AFR delivers the pokies threats

We all know that James Packer doesn’t get out much in public, so The Australian Financial Review was clearly chuffed that he agreed to give yesterday’s star-studded “Chanticleer Chairman’s Lunch” in Sydney some extra gravitas.

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THE POWER INDEX | FEDERAL|

God and gambling: the cardinal goes missing

Anglican Archbishop Peter Jensen has used his authority as a church leader to condemn clubs that benefit from pokie addicts. But what about his Catholic counterpart? asks Paul Barry.

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How do Catholic clubs defend their anti-pokies reform position?

The gambling industry is up in arms about the Gillard government’s proposed poker machine reforms. Clubs NSW is leading the charge but what about the Catholic clubs? asks gambling-reform blogger Tom Cummings.

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$400 down, up the Nile without a paddle: life of a problem gambler

Reason tells you the sheer easy availability of high stakes, highly addictive poker machines comes at a cost too high for our society to bear. Why do we let this continue? asks Mr Denmore from The Failed Estate.

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Time to take pokies out of Aussie culture

Crikey readers have their say.

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Transparency please! Why the tax breaks for pokies clubs?

Has there ever been a more self-serving public campaign than the one being mounted by Clubs Australia? It’s time for a closer look at the alleged benefits of clubs to the Australian community.

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The conflicts of interest muddying the anti-pokies campaign

As with any public debate, the challenge in the pokies reform will be getting participants to put all their cards on the table and declare these conflicts as they arise. Stephen Mayne declares their interests on the public’s behalf.

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Politics the art of the possible

Crikey readers have their say.

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THE POWER INDEX | FEDERAL|

Form guide to the pokies lobbying effort

Impending pokies legislation has sparked a race to get the Australian public onside. So who’ll take out the big one? Tom Cowie presents the Poker Machines Pre-Commitment Plate.

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News Ltd, Clubs and NRL v imaginary AFL anti-pokies campaign

The pokies debate has exploded over the past 24 hours after Clubs NSW used its influence over the NRL to try and impose its campaign against Andrew Wilkie’s reform agenda on the AFL’s grand final week program.

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Footy codes not on level playing field in pokies fight

How bizarre that the Australian football codes are arguing that the money they take from problem gamblers is essential to their plans to pay enormous salaries to players and administrators, writes Dr Richard Denniss, executive director of The Australia Institute.

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