Campaign updates - Alliance for Gambling Reform

Campaign updates

How Voices shaped the Royal Commission into Crown casino

‘The most powerful part of this is that both my submission and witness address are now documented and there to use to help bring the change that’s needed.’ Continue reading

How the Alliance pulls together data around poker machines in NSW

It’s only possible to address a problem when you know what it is. So getting the best quality data about poker machine operations helps us analyze the situation in suburbs and towns, and to provide that information to organisations we work with on gambling reform.    Continue reading

Credit card ban looking likely

For the past year, we’ve been pushing for an end to the use of credit cards for online gambling, and we’re starting to see some real movement on this issue. Our stance on this is based on a simple fact; gambling companies shouldn’t be able to profit from money people don’t have. There are inherent risks associated with gambling with credit, including losing all of ones’ assets and then quickly accumulating large sums of unsecured debt. Credit cards also have high interest rates and are therefore an expensive source of debt. When used for gambling, they attract exorbitant cash advance fees which can further exacerbate harm. Continue reading

Farewell! 🎰💥

I know you, but you might not know me – how rude! I never introduced myself. I’m Isy, an activist, unofficial president of The Whitlams fan club, a hopeless outdoors lover, with a burning disdain for the gambling industry. My face is the face behind the posts you see on our social media, the emails delivered to your inbox, and our colourful website. I have been the Digital Campaigner at the Alliance for the past 1.5 years.   Continue reading

Woolies nearly out of pokies - part 3

Here is yet another example of how the gambling industry has managed to write legislation to make it work for them, and how one family is able to control a huge portion of the Hotel pokies market in Victoria. The Mathieson family interests in the Hotel pokies den market highlights corporate capture at it’s finest. Continue reading

Woolies nearly out of pokies - part 2

It took more than two years and ended more with a whimper than a bang, but in July 2020 Woolies-owned ALH (now Endeavour) pubs were found to have illegally provided free alcohol to people to encourage them to gamble more. Again, the investigations were sparked by whistleblowers, taking evidence to Andrew Wilkie (Independent MP in Tasmania) and Justin Field (Independent MP - former Greens, NSW) about how managers demanded that staff record people’s gambling behaviour, take notes on their food and drink preferences, and supply free alcohol in order to keep them gambling more and for longer Continue reading

Woolies nearly out of pokies - part 1

Woolworths has tried to make a virtue of its very belated decision to sell off the drinks and poker machine business it co-owned with Bruce Mathieson, as the Endeavour Group. But it still owns 14.6% of the business, and in Victoria alone, those pokie pubs are structured to allow 24/7 gambling, and they take far more money than nearby venues. Continue reading

Tax revenue from gambling still rising in NSW

State treasurers deliver budgets each year in a long technical document wrapped up in political announcements of shiny highlights. The nasty details get buried way down – like the persistence of gambling tax revenue as a major income source, and the way Treasury keep relying on increased revenue. This year, we called out the NSW Treasurer and government over the link between increased tax revenue and increased losses. Continue reading

18 key faith leaders at gambling reform update

The Fairfield Multicultural Interagency gambling subcommittee, with the Alliance's support, invited a group of influential leaders in the Fairfield area to an information forum on May 19. Our Chief Advocate Rev Tim Costello gave a key note speech on the gambling industry and its history in NSW. As a Baptist minister himself, as well as a gambling reform advocate, he spoke about the difference between the false hope and community that poker machines offer, compared to the real hope of faith groups. Continue reading

Social justice, advocacy and faith groups

Since our work with Wesley Mission and the Uniting Church NSW/ACT started in 2020, Wesley have appointed a new CEO and Superintendent, Stu Cameron. Tim Costello was in Sydney to meet up with Stu and Uniting Church Moderator Simon Hansford, to discuss how our three organisations can continue to work more closely on gambling reform.   Continue reading