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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.

Commission grants application for additional 20 pokies at Watsonia RSL Sub-Branch

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On 21 November 2016, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation heard an application from Watsonia RSL Sub-Branch Inc to increase the number of pokies at Watsonia RSL Sub-Branch from 83 to 103.

Commission grants application for additional 20 pokies at The Meeting Place

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On 28 and 29 November 2016, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation heard an application from Doxa Social Club Inc to increase the number of pokies at The Meeting Place from 56 to 76.

Commission refuses application for new pokies venue at Commercial Hotel, South Morang

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On 8 December 2016, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation refused an application by Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group Pty Ltd to introduce 40 pokies at the Commercial Hotel in the City of Whittlesea.

Commission grants application for additional eight pokies at Bentleigh Club

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On 14 November 2016 the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation heard an application from Melbourne Football Club Limited to increase the number of pokies at the Bentleigh club from 80 to 88.

Commission grants application for additional 20 pokies at Warragul Sporting & Social Club

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On 26 October 2016, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation heard an application from Warragul Sporting and Social Club Inc to increase the number of pokies at the Warragul Sporting & Social Club in the Shire of Baw Baw from 80 to 100.

Commission grants application for additional 10 pokies at The Coach and Horses

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On 10 October 2016 the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation heard an application from Collingwood Football Club Inc to increase the number of pokies at The Coach and Horses from 80 to 90.

Commission grants application for additional 12 pokies at Bendigo District RSL Sub-Branch

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On 29 September 2016 the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation heard an application from Bendigo District RSL Sub-Branch Inc to increase the number of pokies at the club from 81 to 93.

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