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Can cryptocurrency investment be a harmful form of gambling?

Cryptocurrencies are fast emerging into the mainstream as a popular method of investment. Crypto-assets (crypto) such as currencies, coins or tokens are digital assets that do not have a physical form. They are a high-risk investment because they are volatile, often fluctuating huge amounts within a short period. As such, there is a lot of discussion about whether cryptocurrencies and investment trading are classified as gambling.  The view that such forms of trading are based on speculation and risk means that it is similar to gambling. Continue reading

10 Questions with new Alliance for Gambling Reform CEO, Gordon Ramsay

Tell us about yourself -- what's your professional background?  I’ve had a broad background over the last few decades – for the last four years I have been in the ACT Legislative Assembly, as Attorney-General and Minister for several other portfolios. My role involved key reforms around child sexual abuse, elder abuse and gambling harm – all from a human rights perspective.  Prior to that, I led work with community services and social justice work at UnitingCare Kippax (Canberra) and Uniting. (I am a minister in the Uniting Church in Australia.) I have focused on addressing disadvantage, social exclusion and poverty. I led the ACT Targeted Assistance Strategy, Anti-Poverty Week, and Community Inclusion Board among other bodies.   Prior to that, I was a lawyer in a commercial law firm in Sydney, working in litigation and intellectual property work.     Continue reading

Is public health the cost of Crown’s profits?

By Rev Tim Costello, Chief Advocate, Alliance for Gambling Reform I was meant to preach at a church this Sunday, but that’s been understandably cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Yet if I want to go to Crown Casino and gamble away my life savings on the pokies that’s okay; rest assured precautions have been taken to protect the community’s health in the form of every second machine being shut down. Continue reading