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Front of mind with Louise Glanville

Louise Glanville

In this edition Louise discusses: National Reconciliation Week, gambling harm in Aboriginal communities, Love The Game, Victorian Population Gambling and Health Study, The Foundation’s third biennial conference, Gambling harm: Taking action for change, Inside Gambling.

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal affirms VCGLR decision to refuse 40 pokies at Commercial Hotel in South Morang

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The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) will determine an appeal against the recent decision by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) to refuse an application to introduce 40 pokies at the Commercial Hotel in South Morang.

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal review upholds decision to refuse Sporting Legends pokies application

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The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) has affirmed the decision made by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation to refuse an application by the Sporting Legends Club in Sale to install an additional six pokies at its clubrooms.

VCAT sets aside VCGLR decision and grants application for additional pokies at the Braybrook Hotel

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On 25 September 2014, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) granted the application by the Bakers Arms Hotel Pty Ltd to increase the amount of pokies it operates at the Braybrook Hotel from 31 to 45.

Greyhounds Entertainment

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Greyhound Promotions Pty Ltd applied for an amendment to its venue operator's license to increase the number of electronic gaming machines (EGMs) operating at Greyhounds Entertainment from 93 to 102.

Darebin City Council v Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation

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Grandview Hotel Victoria Pty Ltd was granted a license for 50 electronic gaming machines (EGMs) by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation.

Melbourne City Council v Kingfish Victoria

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This is the first combined gaming and planning review proceeding where the tribunal has upheld the gaming approval but refused the planning approval.

Collingwood Football Club

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Collingwood Football Club applied for an amendment to its license to add 8 electronic gaming machines (EGMs), increasing its EGMs from 80 to 88.

Mount Alexander Shire Council v Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation

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The Maryborough Highland Society lodged a license application for 65 pokies with the former Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation (VCGR) in October 2011.

Francis Hotel Pty Ltd v Melbourne City Council

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The Francis Hotel Pty Ltd applied for a license and planning permit for 32 electronic gaming machines (EGMs) for the Francis Hotel located on Lonsdale Street in Melbourne CBD.

The State of Victoria v Sportsbet Pty Ltd

Sportsbet, a bookmaker licensed in the Northern Territory, installed a device known as a betbox at the Eureka Stockade Hotel in East Ballarat, Victoria.

Melkat Pty Ltd v Campaspe Shire Council

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As the operator of the Caledonian Hotel in Echuca, Melkat Pty Ltd wanted to install electronic gaming machines (EGMs) and was required to apply for a permit.

Maryborough Highland Society Inc.

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Maryborough Highland Society applied for an amendment to their license to increase their electronic gaming machines (EGMs) from 56 to 59.

Royal Hotel Benalla

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Royal Hotel Benalla applied for an amendment to their license to increase their electronic gaming machines (EGMs) from 20 to 30. If approved, the hotel said it would increase its financial contributions to the community.

Rennie v Darebin City Council

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This case represents a successful challenge to a pokies installation made by a local resident, by objecting to the grant of a planning permit by the council. In its finding, the tribunal stated that an assessment of the social and economic impacts of pokies was required under planning legislation as well as during the licence application hearing by the commission.

Betfair v Western Australia

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The 2008 High Court decision of Betfair Pty Limited v Western Australia had major implications for how sports betting is conducted in Australia.

Macedon Ranges SC v Romsey Hotel

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The Romsey Hotel decision influenced how applications for gaming machines are heard at the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

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