ABC Radio: Heroin addiction drug proposed for problem gamblers

By Meredith Griffiths, ABC Radio, Tuesday, November 22, 2011 TONY EASTLEY: New research says there are promising signs that problem gamblers could be helped by the drug Naltrexone which is used to treat heroin addicts overseas. Guidelines produced by Monash University say gambling addiction should be treated as a medical condition.

Taxpayers will fork out $1500 each for installation of mandatory pre-commitment technology on pokie machines

By Taryn Davis, Quest Newspapers Taxpayers will fork out $1500 each in tax to fund the installation of mandatory pre-commitment technology on pokie machines by 2014, according to ClubsAustralia. But a spokesman for Community Services Minister Jenny Macklin disputed the figure, saying there was “a lot of misinformation in the community about the costs of […]

Wilkie and Xenophon at odds on Mandatory Pre-Commitment

The difficulty of convincing people that you can help problem gamblers by giving them a gambling card is getting to Senator Nick Xenophon and Andrew Wilkie, with the pair making conflicting statements about mandatory pre-commitment’s usefulness to those with a gambling addiction. Andrew Wilkie has in today’s AGE newspaper again claimed that mandatory pre-commitment works […]

Wilkie’s Pokie Licence must be Trialled

Clubs Australia has written to the Federal Government offering its support for a trial of mandatory pre-commitment in one state or territory. A trial of Andrew Wilkie’s experimental pokie licence technology was first recommended by the Productivity Commission 15 months ago and is also supported the Salvation Army (Eastern Territory) and many of Australia’s leading […]