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Latest media stories of interest

Nick Toscano feature on Crown executive chairman John Alexander
The Age, 21 April, 2018 

Tim Costello calls for ACT Government to forget casino, get on with pokies reform
The Canberra Times, 20 April, 2018

Aristocrat Leisure tops the patent lodging league ladder in gambling captured Australia
Innovation Australia, 19  April, 2018

Sunshine Coast mayor Mark Jamieson dodges key casino questions
Sunshine Coast Daily, 19 April, 2018

How Millennials are getting fleeced by the online gaming industry
Financial Times, 17 April, 2018

Strong opposition to Sunshine Coast casino proposal
Sunshine Coast Daily, 18 April, 2018

British documentary maker reveals how hard it is to get people to talk
The Sun, 17 April, 2018

Northern Territory does it again - this time DraftKings gets a licence
CalvinEyre, 17 April, 2018

Lottoland completely friendless in Canberra
The Australian, 17 April, 2018

How Sydney corporate lawyer stole $10m to feed gambling addiction
The AFR, 17 April, 2018

Will the ASX let Playup float with its colourful history and controversial plans?
Sydney Morning Herald, 17 April, 2018

Jon Stanhope blows the whistle on windfall pokies profits in Canberra
Sydney Morning Herald, 16 April, 2018

Outrage over how Lottoland bought naming rights at Brookvale Oval
Sydney Morning Herald, 16 April 2018

How Sydney lawyer stole $10m to feed gambling addiction
Sydney Morning Herald, 16 April, 2018

Anthony Robinson and Angela Rintoul interviewed on Nine's Today show
Nine News, 16 April, 2018

Tasmania cuts cash withdrawals to $100, bans alcohol service at pokies
ABC, 14 April, 2018

How politics works in pro-gambling New Jersey
Play New Jersey, 14 April, 2018

Tabcorp and News Corp fined over Sun Bets pie-eating stunt during football broadcast
The Guardian, 13 April, 2018

NSW pokies clubs investigated for cancelling memberships of journalists
Sydney Morning Herald, 13 April, 2018

Well done to the President who helped Burnie RSL thrive without pokies
The Burnie Advocate, 13 April, 2018

Caroline Wilson says stadium deal should help AFL clubs exit pokies
The Age, 13 April, 2018

Around the grounds of US states legislating on sports betting
Legal Sports Reports, 13 April, 2018

Bloomberg feature on William Hill and US sports betting battles
Bloomberg, 12 April, 2018

Will the Crown skyscraper in Melbourne ever be built?
Southbank News, 11 April, 2018

Xavier Ellis calls for AFL to wind back gambling influence
PerthNow, 10 April, 2018 

Rooty Hill RSL denies membership to another SBS journalist
SBS, 10 April, 2018

SBS investigation into gambling harm in CALD communities
SBS, 10 April, 2018

Tim Costello comments on the Leighoak sale
Moonee Valley Leader, 10 April 2018

How Kate Seselja turned her life around delivering hope
The Canberra Times, 9 April, 2018

Online gambling increasingly sucking in American kids
NBC News, 9 April, 2018

North Melbourne banner congratulating Demons for going pokies free
NMFC MCG banner, 7 April, 2018

Influential newsagent blogger slams Lottoland pitch
Mark Fletcher blog, 5 April, 2018

Sheedy and Eddie McGuire spruik yet another gambling venture
SBS (via AAP), 5 April, 2018

Interesting pokies industry research by AHA
The Shout (AHA mag), 5 April, 2018 

Tim Costello blasts desperate Lottoland pitch to newsagents
The Guardian, 5 April, 2018 

Lottoland blasted for desperate pitch to newsagents
News.com.au, 5 April, 2018

Lottoland CEO interviewed by Ray Hadley after newsagent deal
4BC, 5 April, 2018

How Australians became the world's biggest gamblers
The New York Times, 4 April, 2018

Demons to pocket close to $11m from Moonee Valley for Leighoak pokies pub
The Age, 4 April, 2018

Where Brisbane and Port sit on the AFL pokies league ladder
AFL.com, 4 April, 2018

Piece linking City of Melbourne intervention with Demons pokies exit
The New Daily, 4 April, 2018

Interview with pokies club boss on plan to reduce Canberra numbers 
ABC Canberra, 4 April, 2018

Melbourne Football Club ditches its 180 pokies
Seven News, 4 April, 2018

Lengthy online piece in The Australian on Demons exiting two pokies venues (pay)
The Australian, 4 April, 2018

ACT moves ahead with plans to cuts pokies number to 4000 by 2020
The Canberra Times, 4 April, 2018

South Korean game developers fined over addictive loot boxes
Casino News Daily, 2 April, 2018

English Commonwealth Games team selects pokies-free Southport Bowls Club for base
Gold Coast Bulletin, 1 April, 2018

How computer geek conned $31m out of his lottery bosses
New Zealand Herald, 1 April, 2018

Herald Sun feature on how gambling addiction can hurt women
Herald Sun, 31 March, 2018

Daily Mail gets inside giant UK gambling conference, reveals cynical industry rorts
The Daily Mail, 31 March, 2018

Channel Seven in Sydney reports on imminent restrictions on sports betting ads
Seven News, 30 March, 2018

Tom Davis opinion piece on woeful NSW pokies regulation
Area News, 29 March, 2018

Sky Bet fined 1m pounds for failing to protect vulnerable customers
BBC, 28 March, 2018

World record pokies losses are fine, but Lottoland gets smashed
Totally Gaming, 28 March, 2018

Woolworths board split on how to tackle reputational crisis on pokies
Sydney Morning Herald, 26 March, 2018

How Woolworths targeted the vulnerable "Queen Bee" in its pokies venues
SBS/AAP, 28 March, 2018

How Woolworths targeted female gambler to blow inheritance from her parents
Brisbane Times, 26 March, 2018

Numbers of poker machines in Maori areas 'hugely disproportionate'
Radio New Zealand, 25 March, 2018 

Former New Zealander of the year Doctor Lance O'Sullivan calls for pokies ban
TV New Zealand, 24 March, 2018

Byron Shire councillors unanimously back pokies divestment
Northern Leader, 23 March, 2018

CBA deluges harmed gambler with credit card increases after being told not to
Nine News/AAP, 22 March, 2018

Aristocrat apologises for privacy breach involving 20,000 members of Toronto Workers Club
The Daily Telegraph, 22 March, 2018

Stephen Mayne interview on ABC TV about James Packer resignation
ABC News 24, 21 March, 2018

Terry McCrann predicts Woolworths will exit brand damaging pokies business
Herald Sun, 21 March, 2018

Why Facebook crisis could hurt social gambling business
Card Player, 21 March, 2018

Tim Costello supports Nick Xenophon as he takes a break
The Advertiser, 21 March 2018

Wyndham council to boycott pokies venues
Star Weekly, 20 March 2018

Even the racing industry is out-raged by lack of consultation on NSW gambling legislation
Racing.com, 20 March, 2018 

Hoyts caught out promoting Ladbrokes introductory offer with ticket sales
Daily Mail, 20 March, 2018

Dubbo councillors have had enough of endless pokies expansion
The Daily Liberal, 20 March, 2018

Woolworths calls in lawyers and accountants to investigate ALH
The Age, 20 March, 2018

Massive tax subsidies to NSW pokies clubs
Sydney Morning Herald, 18 March, 2018

Charles Livingstone: is gambling reform possible?
Pearls & Irritations, 16 March, 2018

Time to back North Melbourne for being pokies free
Sporting News, 15 March, 2018

NSW laws locks in huge harm from predatory pokies industry
The Irrigator, 15 March, 2018

David Koch slams Kennett over pokies
Fairfax, 15 March, 2018

Nick Xenophon: Premier or candidate without a seat
Nine.com.au, 15 March, 2018 

Pokies debate raging across regional NSW as Griffith MP backs dreadful legislation
The Area News, 15 March, 2018 

In depth feature comparing pokies industry to US gun lobby
The Guardian, 14 March, 2018

Ian Horne and Stephen Mayne debate pokies, Woolworths and misleading ad campaigns in SA
The Wire, 14, March, 2018

Hansard of pokies debate in NSW Parliament over do-nothing legislation (starts p42)
Hansard, NSW Parliament, 13 March, 2018

Fact Check finds AHA jobs claims in SA a "gross exaggeration"
The Conversation, 13 March, 2018

AHA SA boss Ian Horne replies to Stephen Mayne on RN Breakfast
Radio National, 13 March, 2018

Pokies losses and harm could rise further warns Fairfield mayor
Fairfield Champion, 13 March, 2018

NSW pokies legislation to increase harm and losses
Sydney Morning Herald, 12 March, 2018 

Stephen Mayne interview with Fran Kelly on Woolies and SA campaign
RN Breakfast, 12 March, 2018

Channel Nine Adelaide coverage of Nick Xenophon and Woolies
Nine News Adelaide, 11 March, 2018

Xenophon skewers Woolies over pokies in SA
The Advertiser, 11 March, 2018

Giant NSW pokies clubs investing billions in new facilities due to low taxes
Sydney Morning Herald, 11 March, 2018

AAP coverage after Xenophon distributed flyers at Woolworths story in Adelaide
SBS, 11 March, 2018

Simon Bevilacqua: vested interests gaming democracy
The Mercury, 10 March, 2018

Richard Glover grills pokies pushing NSW Minister Paul Toole over new leasing deal
702 ABC Sydney, 9 March, 2018

Shock, horror: Labor MPs in NSW object to pro-pokies legislation hurting Macarthur
Wollondilly Advertiser, 9 March, 2018

Corowa rated high risk for pokies harm by NSW Government
The Border Mail, 9 March, 2018

Tasmanian Liberals triple grant program to pokies lobby
Junkee, 9 March, 2018

Sportsbet can easily handle 15% point of consumption tax
Fairfax, 8 March, 2018

Online wagering giant Sportsbet to target consolidation, not worried by new tax
The Australian, 8 March, 2018

Confusion over proposed pokies caps as Orange capped but Bathurst not
Western Advocate, 8 March, 2018

The NSW pub owner who happily ditched his 10 pokies
Maitland Mercury, 8 March, 2018

Canadian giant Stars Group ploughs $500m into CrownBet and William Hill Australia
Crikey, 7 March, 2018

As Geelong pokies losses hit record high, council urged to do more
Geelong Advertiser, 7 March, 2018 

Lead story on 7pm TV news bulletin in NSW on pokies legislation
ABC TV, 6 March, 2018

NSW legislation falls way short - Fairfield has more machines than whole of Tassie
SBS, 6 March, 2018

Strong package on Ten News in Sydney about NSW gambling legislation
Ten News, 6 March, 2018

NSW fails to take real action on gambling harm
The New Daily, 6 March, 2018

Pokies losses soaring on the Gold Coast as casino keeps losses secret
Gold Coast Bulletin, 6 March, 2018

NSW government tinkers at the edges on gambling reform
ABC Online, 6 March, 2018

AAP coverage in The Australian on NSW legislation
The Australian, 6 March, 2018

Canberra Raiders appeal $120,000 fine for Laurie Brown harm in Canberra
ABC online, 6 March, 2018 

SMH coverage after Paul Toole press conference
Sydney Morning Herald, 6 March, 2018

How NSW pokies caps impact the Hunter Valley
Newcastle Herald, 6 March, 2018

Full 83 minute speech in NSW Parliament by Paul Toole
via Seven News, 6 March, 2018  

Parts of Tamworth, Gunnedah and Liverpool Plains to be capped for pokies
Northern Daily Leader, 6 March, 2018

The drop given to The Daily Telegraph day before NSW legislation unveiled
Daily Telegraph, 5 March, 2018

The drop given to SMH day before NSW legislation unveiled
Sydney Morning Herald, 5 March, 2018

NT regulators fine William Hill $18,326 for failing to let gambler close account
Fairfax, 5 March 2018

South Australian pokies lobby going all out to stop Nick Xenophon
The Guardian, 5 March, 2018

Crown Melbourne faces disciplinary action for shaving pokies buttons
ABC online, 5 March, 2018

Mungo MacCallum: Pokies industry wins in Tasmania
The Monthly, 4 March, 2018

Pokies billionaire Bruce Mathieson claims to have saved Hawthorn
Herald Sun, 2 March, 2018

The letters between Rebecca White and Sydney Rich Lister Greg Farrell
The Examiner, 2 March, 2018

James Boyce makes the case for Tasmanian pokies reform
The Mercury, 2 March, 2018

Life Matters program on SA and Tassie with Tim Costello
Radio National, 2 March, 2018

Waleed Aly: If America can rise up against guns, why can't we on pokies?
The Age, 2 March, 2018

Woolworths chairman Gordon Cairns vows to fix pokies scandal
The Age, 2 March, 2018

Study flags links between AFL pokies revenue and family violence
Herald Sun, 1 March, 2018

The Beach Hotel in Byron gives pokies the flick
Northern Star, 1 March, 2018

AFL pokies: clubs win as gamblers in vulnerable suburbs lose
Herald Sun, 1 March, 2018

Billionaire pokies mogul Bruce Mathieson blasts AFL for trying to reduce pokies harm
Herald Sun, 1 March, 2018

David Walsh blog post on Tassie pokies choice: do you feel lucky, punk?
MONA website, 1 March, 2018

Woolies not the only corporate giant spying on gamblers
The Conversation, 1 March, 2018

How the pokies industry tried to repeat mining industry campaign tactics
The Guardian, 1 March, 2018 

"Do whatever you have to" - inside Woolworths tactics to keep gamblers gambling
Fairfax, 27 February, 2018

Crown fails to disclose breakdown of its pokies revenue
The Age, 22 February, 2018

Will Hodgman confuses key detail of his Tasmanian pokies policy
Fairfax network, 22 February 2018

Tim Costello debates pro-pokies Tasmanian shock jock Brian Carlton
Tasmania Talks Network, 21 February, 2018

Fact Check on claims pokies policy will threaten 5000 jobs in Tasmania
The Conversation, 21 February, 2018

Interview with Shonica Guy about pokies harm, SA Best and court case
5AA, 20 February 2018

Ridiculous scare-mongering by AHA SA boss Ian Horne in his industry magazine
The Shout, 19 February, 2018

The pokies windfall funding 6 figure salaries in Sydney's poorest suburbs
SBS, 18 February, 2018

Fresh food jackpot: how Woolworths became Australia's biggest pokies company
Age/SMH, 17 February, 2018

Battle to stop another 150 pokies at Club Marconi in Camden
Wollondilly Advertiser, 15 February, 2018

Pokies are big money in Tasmania
ABC online, 14 February, 2018

Greg Barns: Time to fix Tasmania's slack disclosure laws and gambling donations pour in
The Mercury, 12 February, 2018

Hotel pokies cash pours into SA party coffers to attack Xenophon
Indaily, 8 February, 2018

Foxtel fights for pay-TV exemptions to gambling-ad ban
ABC News, 8 February 2018

Nine News coverage of Federal Court case outcome
Nine News Melbourne, 2 February, 2018

Comprehensive wrap on pokies issues in the Hunter Valley
The Newcastle Herald, 29 January 2018

Slot machine war turns Tasmania into a battleground
Bloomberg, 28 January 2018

Here comes the credit betting ban from February 17
Herald Sun, 27 January, 2018

Removing pokies would help gamblers without hurting economy
Charles Livingstone, Monash University, 21 January, 2018

Hypocritical Western Bulldogs urged to give up pokies
The Age, 23 January 2018

Apple, Google and Facebook deluging kids with gambling messages
The Sun (UK), 22 January 2018

Money laundering fears as NSW pokies turnover soars
Sydney Morning Herald, 21 January 2018

Catholic Church pokies venue needs better early intervention policies
Daily Mail, 16 January 2018

Costello backs Tassie pokies ban
The Mercury, 6 January 2018

Charles Wooley: Tassie Libs in thrall to the pokies industry
The Mercury, 24 December 2017

Brimbank slams Victorian pokies legislation
Star Weekly, 11 December 2017

Tim Costello opinion piece on Victorian legislation
Herald Sun, 6 December 2017

National gambling losses hit record $24 billion
The Age, 5 December 2017

Black mark against White Ribbon over gambling donations
Jenna Price oped, Sydney Morning Herald, 5 December 2017

Conroy leads the lobbying charge to stop 15% point of consumption tax
The Age, 5 December 2017

Rex Jory slams the pokies in South Australia
The Advertiser, 3 December 2017

NSW hospitals pocket $1.3m from pokies applicants
Sydney Morning Herald, 3 December 2017 

Major parties ram through another $70b in Victorian pokies losses
Crikey, 1 December 2017

White Ribbon back flip - knocks back $50,000 pokies donation
The Guardian, 2 December 2017 

Meg Webb: put Tasmanian communities before pokies
The Advocate, 27 November 2017

Canberra Raiders fined $120,000 over appalling treatment of Laurie Brown
The Canberra Times, 25 November 2017

Victoria's Yourplay program a $197m waste of money
ABC Online, 22 November 2017

Push for Burnie council to back pokies ban
The Advocate, 20 November 2017

Genevieve Barlow: Shocked by size and scale of pokies losses
The Weekly Times, 15 November 2017

UK regulator shows the way as Ladbrokes Coral fined $5m
The Independent, 6 November, 2017

Tim Costello launches Alliance Northcote campaign on pokies
Seven News, 5 November 2017

Herald Sun coverage of Women Against Pokies rally
Herald Sun, 31 October 2017

Sam  Duncan: Why sport can no longer exist without gambling
Huffington Post, 30 October 2017

MAV President: Women are hardest hit by pokies harm
Neos Kosmos, 30 October 2017

NSW sits on harm report for two years then takes out the trash
Sydney Morning Herald, 27 October 2017

James Packer admits Crown needs to be more transparent
Seven News, 26 October 2017

Anna Bardsley and Tim Costello at the Crown AGM
Ten News, 26 October 2017

James Packer to discuss better Crown transparency with board
The Australian, 26 October 2017

Improved Crown transparency should start with media access and transcripts
The Guardian, 26 October 2017

Anna Bardsley tackles James Packer at Crown AGM
ABC radio The World Today, 26 October 2017 

Fraser Coast councillor George Seymour comes out swinging against pokies
Fraser Coast Chronicle, 12 October 2017

Mark Griffiths: how to tackle gambling public health crisis
The Conversation (UK edition), 12 October 2017

Tom Watson: gambling firms must clean up their act of face new laws
The Mirror, 11 October 2017

Brimbank mayor John Hedditch slams pokies restrictions
Star Weekly, 2 October 2017

All in the Mind: the gambling zone
ABC Radio National, 1 October 2017

Could Tasmania become the first state to remove poker machines?
ABC TV 7.30, 26 September 2017

3 part Emma Reynolds series: Australia's pokies plague
News.com.au, 26 September 2017

Pokies deliver 10% of Woolies profit as Commercial Hotel VCAT battle rages
Whittlesea Leader, 13 September 2017

Mayne: inside the great pokies trial
Crikey, 12 September 2017

Cristy Clark: Can a Federal Court case against pokies work?
The Conversation, 12 September 2017

Larger fifth reel misleading, court told
The Australian, 12 September 2017

Melissa Davey on day one of the pokies trial
The Guardian, 12 September 2017

Seven News on Shonica's David and Goliath battle
Seven News, 12 September 2017

Ten News on day one of the pokies trial
Ten News, 12 September 2017

ABC online wrap of the pokies trial issues
ABC Online, 12 September 2017

Maurice Blackburn's Jen Kanis interview with Jon Faine
774 ABC Melbourne, 12 September 2017

Nick Toscano preview piece ahead of pokies trial
Fairfax, 11 September 2017

Steelers (chaired by ClubsNSW chair) CEO Scott Miles steals $1m
Illawarra Mercury, 6 September 2017

Costello on vulnerability of young men to online addiction
ABC Illawarra, 6 September 2017

Sean Nicholls on top 10 earning NSW pokies pubs
Sydney Morning Herald, 22 August 2017

Goyder "hates" pokies, will try to wean AFL clubs off them
The Age, 21 August 2017

Gambling captured NSW looks to abolish 5 yearly casino reviews
Sydney Morning Herald, 17 August 2017

Pubs, clubs and Federal strike a cosy pokies deal in Tasmania
The Mercury, 17 August, 2017

Strong Fairfax editorial supporting reducing AFL club pokies
The Age, 17 August 2017

AFL launches "Project Fruity" to tackle club pokies losses
The Age, 16 August 2017

Active Moreland gets pokies losses down to 10 year low
Moreland Leader, 7 August 2017

Charles Livingstone: HILDA data shows 1.4m Australian hurt by gambling
The Conversation, 2 August 2017

Woolies fighting to install more harmful pokies in vulnerable communities
ABC radio's PM program, 2 August 2017

Stephen Mayne interview: WA, bank taxes and the pokies
ABC Perth, 29 July 2017

Dan Dixon: forensic look at pokies plague in western Sydney
The Guardian, 29 July 2017

Splash: Hawthorn wins the 2016-17 pokies premiership with $23m haul
The Age, 28 July 2017

SEN interview with Stephen Mayne on AFL pokies losses
SEN, 28 July 2017

Victorians lose $2.61b on the pokies in 2016-17
Herald Sun, 28 July 2017

Samantha Thomas interview with Jon Faine on community opposition to gambling
774 ABC Melbourne, 27 July 2017

Charles Livingstone interview with Raph Epstein on pokies and family violence
774 ABC Melbourne, 27 July 2017

Allison Keogh national TV interview about family impact of pokies
Seven, 17 July 2017

Ralph Bristow: how I lose 500k on the pokies
Sydney Morning Herald, 17 July 2017

Gambling industry targeting millenials with games of skill
Sydney Morning Herald, 17 July 2017

Google set to allow real money gambling apps in selected markets
Android.net, 14 July 2017

Editorial: Why Gladys should listen to Fairfield on pokies
Sydney Morning Herald, 14 July 2017

Calls to address toxic pokies stronghold in NSW
Probono Australia, 12 July 2017

Allison Keogh interview on 2GB on Fairfield pokies push
2GB, 11 July 2017

Tony Mohr interview with Robbie Buck after Fairfield bombshell
702 ABC Sydney, 11 July 2017

The $8b reason this council wants to cut pokies harm
Sydney Morning Herald splash, 11 July 2017

Allison Keogh interview: what it's like to lose your childhood to pokies
News.com.au, 11 July 2017

Jobs and infrastructure not more pokies, says Fairfield mayor
Fairfield Advance, 11 July 2017

Interview with Allison Keogh over Fairfield losses
Network Ten, 11 July 2017  

Interview with Kelvin Thomson on ABC Goulburn Valley
11 July 2017

Moreland takes Glenroy RSL to the Supreme Court over pokies expansion
Moreland Leader, 30 June 2017

Three charts on Australia's addiction to poker machines
The Conversation, 27 June 2017

Kingston joins The Alliance for Gambling Reform to battle harm
Moorabbin Kingston Leader, 27 June 2017

British FA terminates Ladbrokes deal - Costello and Xenophon comment
ABC radio's PM program, 23 June 2017

Online gambling industry creates fake sites to launder money
Reuters, 22 June 2017

Nikki Gemmell: The shame of poker machines
The Weekend Australian, 3 June, 2017

Geelong toughens stand against the pokies
Geelong Advertiser, 16 May 2017

Allison Keogh TV interview calling for better NSW loss data
ABC News 24, 22 February, 2017

AFL to implement responsible gambling code before 2017 season
The Age, 29 November, 2016

Online gambling companies probed over con
BBC, 21 October 2016

Surgeon John Crozier helps defeat awful pokies proposal in Liverpool
Hospitality Directory, December 15, 2016

Shonica Guy launches her legal action against Crown and Aristocrat
Today Tonight, 26 October, 2016

News Corp buys punters.com.au
Smart Company, 6 October, 2016

Gambling disease killing one Australian a day, but too lucrative to cure
Bloomberg feature, 28 September 2016

Fairfax feature on Woolies and poker machine reform
Sydney Morning Herald, 26 July, 2016

Pokies mogul David Tomsic defends removing jackpot pokie
Herald Sun, 8 October, 2015

How Crown Prince James Packer conquered Melbourne
Crikey, November 14, 2014 (pay)

Ross Davey interview on Bill Crews TV
2014

Portfolio of Victorian pubs with 700 pokies up for sale
The Shout, 7 September 2012

Inside the Catholic church and all those NSW pokies casinos
Background Briefing, Radio National, 23 September, 2012

Rupert Murdoch says he normally disapproves of casinos
Twitter, 14 January, 2012

The glory of a pokies-free WA
The Australian, 8 December, 2010

Hokey Pokie: 4 Corners on NSW pokies capture
4 Corners, 10 September, 2007