Andrew Wilkie

    Andrew Wilkie is an Australian politician and independent federal member for Denison. Wilkie is a supporter of anti-gambling and harm minimization policies.

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    Australia turns up the heat on gambling companies

    Australia turns up the heat on gambling companies

    Australia is again turning up the heat on gambling companies, this time with a bill that will make them responsible to compensate victims of players who used funds obtained illegally.
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    Second whistleblower accuses Crown of customs offences

    Tasmanian MP Andrew Wilkie plans to call for a royal commission inquiry into Crown Resorts after a second whistleblower claimed the company is helping VIPs to bypass customs.
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    Crown misconduct whistleblower had claims dismissed by VCGLR: Wilkie

    The whistleblower who alleged serious misconduct at Crown Casino has had their allegations dismissed by Victoria’s gambling regulator because they wanted to remain anonymous, said independent MP Andrew Wilkie, The Guardian reports. Last year, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) was ordered to investigate misconduct claims against Crown Melbourne, which alleged that […]

    Authorities to investigate bitcoin gambling site

    The Australian media watchdog is investigating an Australian-registered sports gambling website which allows punters to place bets with bitcoin, local media reports. The betting operator – JustBet, is registered by the Christmas Island Domain Administration (CIDA). The website offers live betting on AFL, AFLX, A-League and other Australian sports. It also offers live and pre-match […]

    Woolworths pubs accused of recording customer gambling habits

    Australian pub operator, ALH Group have been hit with startling new allegations, which accuses staff across its venues of recording gambling and drinking habits of its customers to maximize profits, according to reports. The allegations is said to have come from whistleblowers – the claims which were shared this week in parliament by anti-pokies independent […]

    Fourth whistleblower comes forward on Crown tampering case

    A new whistleblower in the Crown pokies tampering case has come forward, alleging that the casino operator instructed staff to remove certain gambling options that allowed punters to win too much, ABC News reports. The new claims adds weight to the testimony made by three former employees of Crown Casino in Melbourne which alleged the […]

    Crown to focus on domestic assets, VIP coming around

    Casino operator Crown Resorts says it will continue to invest significantly in its Australian properties to remain competitive with new integrated resorts emerging across Asia and Australia. Crown’s executive chairman John Alexander told shareholders during an AGM on Thursday that the company will focus on improving the underlying performance of its key Australian resorts, and […]

    Packer says no intention for Japan expansion

    Gaming mogul James Packer says he has no intentions to expand his gaming empire to Japan, and would rather focus on developing Crown’s flagship casino in Sydney. Speaking to local newspaper, The Australian, Packer said he did not want management “distracted” by participating in any competitive bidding process for an IR in Japan. He also […]

    Crown rejects allegations of criminal misconduct

    Casino operator Crown Resorts has been accused of engaging in criminal misconduct in relation to its alleged tampering of slot machines, local media reports. In video evidence tabled in parliament by independent MP Andrew Wilkie, it is alleged that Crown Casino had deliberately tampered with slot machines to disable “lower debt options” and had the […]

    Wesfarmers may exit slots if $1 bets fail

    Australian retail group Wesfarmers says it is not ruling out exiting the EGM business should the government fail to push through a $1 per spin limit to slot machines nationwide. “We had a conversation at board level about this and there’s a really strong desire from both Wesfarmers and Coles to move this along and […]

    Betting advertising crackdown welcome, says Tabcorp

    Tabcorp’s David Attenborough has welcomed the proposed tough new stance on betting advertising, saying the crackdown is a result of the wagering industry being unable to regulate themselves adequately. According to the Australian Financial Review, the CEO said the TV ad bans proposed by crossbench federal MP Andrew Wilkie and Senator Nick Xenophon had a […]

    Coalition has own plans for gambling controls

    Human Services Minister Alan Tudge has pushed back at calls from crossbenchers for new controls on pokies and gambling advertising, AFR reports. Last week, Senator Nick Xenophon and the Tasmanian independent MP Andrew Wilkie vowed to use their key crossbench positions in the new parliament to put pokies and gambling ad controls back on the […]
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    Mounting losses fan anti-gambling flames

    Gambling Statistics Australia has just published its annual report showing Australians lost $23 billion (US$17.5 billion) in 2015 on gambling, up 8 percent from the previous year, with more than half of that bet on pokies. A smaller amount of $815 million was lost to sports betting, but that was a spike of 30 percent from the prior year.The data comes against rising anti-gambling sentiment in the country. But just how big is problem gambling in Australia and should the industry do more to help combat the issue.