Gambling Reforms Close to Collapse - 3rd April
The revolutionary reform of Victoria's
$5-billion-a-year gambling industry, which would
end Tatts and Tabcorp's duopoly control of pokies
by handing ownership to venues, is on the brink
the news courtesy of The
Minister Tony Robinson warned that the Government
would have no choice but to walk away from its
reforms if Opposition parties continued to block
them in the upper house.
Coalition and the Greens, whose support Mr Robinson
needs, hit back, accusing the Government of trying
to ram through a flawed bill by scaremongering.
minister said his plan to auction pokies to individual
venues and slash TAB's turnover tax on racing
would collapse, leaving the industry and its 100,000
employees in chaos, unless the bill to achieve
it passed in the next session of parliament in
early May. He threatened to renew the duopoly
deal if the "Opposition and the Greens would
not support the bill. A nasty political brawl
looms over the deadlock. The Government is expected
to portray the Opposition and the Greens as lackeys
of the two gambling giants."
spoke with Australian Media
Man, Greg Tingle regarding the gambling reforms
are still heating up in Australia on the gaming
front. Australian's are amongst the world's biggest
gamblers be it in clubs, hotels, casinos or online
casinos. You can imagine the competition for the
entertainment dollar, and of course the Australian
government wants their cut also. The knives are
out. Australian professional sports codes are
upping the ante with magazine front cover promotions,
in house sports betting like Betezy's BunnyBet,
and so it goes on. In the meantime the world goes
through a recession but the Australian gambling
market looks pretty healthy. "
deals with the online gambling community himself
out of Australia and he claims times have never
numbers here at Mediaman are still
holding up. We (Mediaman) had our recession
a couple of years back but the last few years
have been full steam ahead. That's an indication
that the gambling sector, online gaming, igaming
and the brave new world of internet portals are
here to stay. Overseas operators still want in
to Australia and for many like PokerStars, PartyGaming
and The Bingo Affiliates, the internet is the
way to go, backed up by "free to play"
.net websites, complimented by live shows and
offline promotions at the likes of Crown, Star
City and Burswood Casino. Indications show that
the industry is going to be further regulated,
however as the ACMA blacklist policy shows there's
going to be a few challenges and teething problems
as the Australian government tries to regulate
an industry that can be traced back to the underworld,
'Underbelly' days and the mob in Vegas and Chicago.
If there ever was a "casino economy"
the time is now."