Get Up targets Woolies

Lobby group Get Up is asking people to print off a letter they have written which expressed disappointment that Woolworths is the largest poker machine owner in Australia. Get Up is askiing people to deliver to the manager of their local Woolworths store. The campaign comes ahead of a extraordinary general meeting on November 22 which Woolworth shareholders linked to Get Up called which will consider Woolworth’s involvement in Gambling. Through its subsidiary AHL, Woolworths operates 12650 poker machines which generated an estimated $1.2b in net gambling revenue. For news report on the fight on Woolworths written in the Sydney Morning Herald by Richard Willingham click here.

For article written by Henry Hamelink on the dangers of Get Up and being involved with them see article on the Association for Reformed Political Action Facebook page.

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POSTED 19 Oct 2012
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Problem Gambling

The Australian Youth Forum is seeking opinions on proposed changes to federal gambling laws. To take a short survey click here or leave your comment on the AYF ‘Problem Gambling’ Discussion board.

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POSTED 27 Jul 2012
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Anti-Gambling Campaign

The ABC 7.30 Report featured on 11 July 2012 a story about shareholders calling on Woolworths to hold a general meeting to consider imposing a one-dollar betting limit on the 12,000 pokies the company owns. Woolworths is the country’s largest poker owner. Coles owns 3000 gambling machines. The campaign has been backed by activist group Get Up! To watch 7.30 report click here.

 

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POSTED 16 Jul 2012
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Gambling Report Released

On December 8, 2011 the Parliamentary Joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform issued its second report into interactive and online gambling and gambling advertising and the Interactive Gambling and Broadcasting Amendment (Online Transactions and Other Measures) Bill 2011. The 428 page report had 20 recommendations and said that the Bill should not be passed. It recommended that advertising gambling during times when children are watching TV should be banned. See the full report and recommendations, or the media release about the report.

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POSTED 23 Dec 2011
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Lotto Wins

More than 1000 organisations had big wins in the past financial year thanks to State run gambling, says WA Premier Colin Barnett. Lotterywest money provided to organisations from gambling totalled $240m in the past year. West Australians spent $683m in the past year. Lotterywest has a target of $716m. For Barnett’s press release: http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Results.aspx?ItemID=144581

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POSTED 4 Oct 2011
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Gambling Positive?

WA Premier Colin Barnett believes that WA gambling provides benefit to the community. The State Govt run Lotterywest took $114 million in gambling money from Western Australians and gave to community projects. “These grants make a profound difference to the lives of all West Australians,” Mr Barnett said in a statement.

For Barnett’s press release: http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Results.aspx?ItemID=142171

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POSTED 19 Jul 2011
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Foundation Survey

Perthnow, The Sunday Times and Channel Nine are conducting a Foundation Survey. The survey includes questions on Sunday trading, the carbon tax, climate change, gambling and multiculturalism.

To take survey: http://survey.galaxyresearch.com.au/Thesundaytimes.asp

 

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POSTED 27 Jun 2011

Gaming Recommendations

The gaming reform committee of the Federal Parliament has called for mandatory limits to poker machine betting and an independent gaming regulator. The ACL has urged the Government to implement the recommendations. For story: http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/national/parliamentary-committee-report-calls-for-limits-on-high-risk-poker-machines/story-e6frg15u-1226051061554

For report: http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/committee/gamblingreform_ctte/precommitment_scheme/report/report.pdf

For ACL response: http://australianchristianlobby.org.au/2011/05/mr-acl-urges-government-to-implement-gambling-reform-committees-recommendations/

 

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POSTED 3 Jun 2011
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Church Gambling Taskforce

Australia’s major churches met at a national forum in Canberra this week to launch the Australian Churches Gambling Taskforce, urging for gambling reform. For more: http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=25565

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POSTED 28 Mar 2011
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Gambling Reforms

The Australian Govt has released legal advice on the Commonwealth’s powers to legislate for reforms to address problem gambling. In a joint press release, Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin and Assistant Treasurer Bill Shorten said that the Australian Govt believes more must be done to help problem gamblers and their families. For press release: http://www.jennymacklin.fahcsia.gov.au/mediareleases/2011/pages/aus_gov_legal_advice_01022011.aspx

For legal advice (1MB): http://www.jennymacklin.fahcsia.gov.au/mediareleases/2011/Documents/Legal_advice.pdf

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POSTED 12 Feb 2011
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