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Commission grants application for additional 10 pokies at Portarlington Golf Club

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On 26 September 2017, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation heard an application from Portarlington Golf Club Inc to increase the number of pokies at the Portarlington Golf Club in the City of Greater Geelong from 55 to 65.

Commission grants application for additional 10 pokies at Berwick Springs Hotel

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On 29 August 2017, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation heard an application from Zagame's Berwick Springs Hotel Pty Ltd to increase the number of pokies at the Berwick Springs Hotel in the City of Casey from 95 to 105.

New gambling harm measures to be introduced

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The Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Marlene Kairouz, has announced new measures to be introduced to reduce the harms from gambling.

Gambling ads to be banned near schools, roads and public transport

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The Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Marlene Kairouz, has announced new laws that will ban betting advertising on roads, public transport, and within 150 metres of all Victorian schools.

Gambling ministers agree to stronger online gambling protections

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Commonwealth and state and territory gambling ministers recently met, for the third time, to establish a strong, consistent and best practice National Consumer Protection Framework for online wagering.

Commission refuses application for new pokies venue at the Wellington at Botanical Gardens, White Hills

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On 4 July 2017, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation heard an application from Bendigo Stadium Ltd to introduce 44 pokies at the Wellington at Botanical Gardens in the City of Greater Bendigo.

New gaming machine allocation system and tax rates announced

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The Victorian government has announced further details of the post-2022 gaming machine arrangements, including the allocation and pricing of future gaming machine entitlements, and new tax arrangements to apply from August 2022.

Victorians lose $2.609 billion on pokies in 2016–2017

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On 28 July 2017, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation released figures on pokies expenditure for the 2016–2017 financial year.

Commission refuses application for additional 20 pokies at Noble Park Football Social Club

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On 13 and 14 June 2017, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation heard an application from Noble Park Football Social Club to increase the number of pokies at its clubrooms, located in the City of Greater Dandenong, from 50 to 70.

Commission grants application for new premises with 50 pokies at Wangaratta RSL

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On 12 July 2017, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation approved an application by Wangaratta RSL Sub-Branch Inc for approval of new premises (the Sydney Hotel) as suitable for gaming with 50 pokies

Gambling ministers agree on stronger consumer protections for online gambling

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On 27 April 2017, the Australian Government reached an in-principle agreement with state and territory gambling ministers to introduce reforms to provide stronger consumer protections for online gambling.

Australian Government announces gambling advertising ban during live sport

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The Australian Government recently announced that it will introduce changes to ban gambling advertisements during live sports programs before 8.30 pm. These changes will apply on commercial television, commercial radio, subscription television, SBS and online platforms.

Commission grants application for additional 20 pokies at Highlands Hotel

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On 29 and 30 March 2017, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation heard an application from Highlands Hotel Craigieburn Pty Ltd to increase the number of pokies at Highlands Hotel in the City of Hume from 60 to 80.

Hawthorn Football Club required to make $66,000 donation for conducting unauthorised gambling

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On 23 March 2017, the Melbourne Magistrates' Court ordered Hawthorn Football Club Ltd to comply with a diversion plan after the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation alleged the club had conducted unauthorised gambling at its approved venue trading as Vegas at Waverley Gardens between 28 and 31 March 2016.

Sherbourne Terrace penalised for modifying gaming room without approval

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The Melbourne Magistrates' Court has ordered Caszur Nominees Pty Ltd into a diversion plan for modifying the gaming machine area at the Sherbourne Terrace in Shepparton without seeking the approval of the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regul

Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation appoints new commissioner

Dr Dina McMillan was recently appointed as a commissioner at the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation.

Australian Racing Fact Book 2015–2016 edition published

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Racing Australia recently published the 2015–2016 edition of the Australian Racing Fact Book.

Minister issues guidelines for pokies venues at residential developments

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The Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation has issued decision-making guidelines for the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation to consider when determining an application for the approval of new pokies premises located in a building that includes permanent residential accommodation.

Auditor-General's Office tables report on regulating gambling and liquor in Victoria

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The Victorian Auditor-General's Office has tabled a report on the regulation of gambling and liquor in Victoria.

Victorians lost $17 million more on the pokies in past six months

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Victoria spent nearly $17 million, or 1.2 per cent, more on the pokies from July to December 2016 compared to the same period in 2015.

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