The Productivity Commission released its draft report into Gambling on Oct 21, 2009. The final report will be prepared and sent to the Govt by Feb 26, 2010. Public submissions on the draft report needed to be submitted by Dec 18, 2009. The final report will be released to the Govt by Feb 26, 2009.

To read the draft Report and find out how to make your submission visit:

Paul Bendat, son of Perth entrepreneur Jack Bendat runs a heavy campaign against pokie machines, in particular Woolworths and Coles(a Wesfarmers subsidiary). Through its hotel network run by Australian Leisure Holdings, Woolworths is the largest operator of pokie machines with an estimated 11,000 pokies. For more on his campaign and ideas how to get involved:

POSTED 14 Jan 2010