Category: Gambling

The Tourism News Gambling page covers stories relevant to hospitality and event operators that provide gambling services, including pub and club gaming (pokies) and race betting.


RSL sub-branches close whilst group sits on millions

Editorial

The Returned and Services Leagues Clubs (RSLs) of NSW are rolling in money, but precious little is being spent on veterans. Some NSW state sub-branches sit on millions of dollars in assets, especially property assets, because they don’t trust higher levels with their money, whilst the RSL nationally is legally a charity. Meanwhilst, multiple RSL Sub-branches close because they lack the legal expertise and funding to fight property battles. The iconic Five Islands RSL at Speers Point NSW – a treasured venue on the shores of NSW’ Lake Macquarie – sold in 2014 for just over $1m, a figure which barely buys a house on the shores of Lake Macquarie. Continue reading

Albany Premier Hotel burnt down by licensee

Editorial

Another tourism operator has burnt down his own hotel in an apparent insurance job, but with a twist – he tried to stage a robbery excuse too, complete with fake CCTV footage. Licensee Graeme Cooper is alleged to have done extensive damage by arson to the historic Albany Premier Hotel in WA. Four other people – accomplices – were charged before Cooper was. Continue reading

RSL board being paid off with development $$$

Editorial

If you felt that RSLs have had more focus on profit than on veterans, you’re right. The ABC has revealed that the RSL federal president, along with three other board members, have been paid together $300k a year for at least three years from the RSL’s billion-dollar nursing home development offshoot, RSL LifeCare. The NSW board members’ positions at least are prohibited from councillors taking what it calls ‘a position of profit’ within the organisation. Continue reading

Newcastle Hotel Historian Ed Tonks

Editorial

This Tourism Conversation explores the rich history of Newcastle’s hotel architecture and it’s agreed – linkages between different functions of the city are the most engaging aspects of tourism. Continue reading

Everyone but industry wins in high-roller deals

Editorial

MONA’s David Walsh, famed for making money of pokies but then using his powers for good to create arguably Australia’s best art facility, applied for a gambling licence then withdrew it. No big deal, right? Except that just the review of the licence cost the taxpayers of Tasmania $125,000, somehow pocketed by Sydney auditing firm Deloitte. Walsh demonstrates a thorough understanding of the effects of gambling on society, and MONA’s contribution to the Tasmanian/Australian art scene is unquestionable – but the government doesn’t appear accountable for the peripheral costs incurred. Continue reading

Tourism now governed by retailer and forester

Editorial

The foxes are now officially in charge of the hen house, with a Tasmanian forester appointed the federal Minister for Tourism and the former head of a retail industry group now the chief executive of the Tourism and Transport Forum. Forestry and major retail like Westfield are the two biggest natural enemies of tourism. Continue reading

Canberra bans age-inappropriate ads from buses

Editorial

The ACT has banned gambling, alcohol and junk food ads from certain buses in the territory, buses that are particularly used by school children. The move is a precedent for other advertisements displayed on school-heavy bus routes being banned across the country. Continue reading

Penalty rate change coming from the top

Editorial

After years of umming and ahhing on penalty rates, the Federal government have put the issue of penalty rates back on the table. Whilst unions are of course against any retraction of rates, the Productivity Commission pooh-poohed evidence presented by the Australian Hotels Association as lacking substance. Continue reading

Has the mafia stitched up your industry?

Editorial

If something has smelled funny in your industry for a whilst, you’re not alone. A Fairfax Media and Four Corners investigation has revealed just how far the Italian mafia’s reach goes in Australia with tourism and hospitality businesses at the fore. The famous Sydney Fish Markets are stitched up, drugs are being run from northern NSW to The Melbourne Fruit & Vegetable Market and to markets at Belconnen in Canberra, a major winery is owned by a mafia boss and – somewhat less surprisingly – nightclubs and casinos are involved. Continue reading

$23m came from punters having a slap: CSCC

Editorial

The chief of a major ACT club has told a public enquiry into Clubs’ reliance on gambling that he genuinely believes that only .5% of the club’s revenue comes from problem gamblers, even though the federal Productivity Commission consistently attributes 40% of club poker machine revenue as coming from problem gamblers. Continue reading

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