Edition #4: Gambling harm

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Ad blitzes push sports betting, while AFL clubs cut corporate bookies loose: it’s all in the news

Inside gambling curates the key news items about gambling that have made the headlines in recent weeks.

The Dees sign responsible gambling charter

1 April 2016

Melbourne Football Club pledged to end ties with sports betting companies by signing the responsible gambling charter. Melbourne chief executive Peter Jackson said it was 'an important day for the club', as the Dees now join Carlton, Richmond, North Melbourne, Collingwood, Western Bulldogs, Hawthorn, Essendon and St Kilda in committing to responsible gambling practices in their venues.

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Melbourne signs responsible gambling charter

Bookmakers battle for market share

26 March 2016

Corporate bookmakers are sinking millions of dollars into sports betting advertising and sponsorship in a bid to secure a prime position in the sports betting market. But what impact is this ad blitz having on the community?

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Bookies battle for a bigger share of sports betting market: but at what cost?

AFL chief meets with pokies critics

24 March 2016

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan met with Tim Costello and Nick Xenophon to address the sporting body's dependence on pokies. Senator Xenophon urged the AFL to show leadership and encourage clubs to introduce 'con-free' machines inside their venues.

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AFL chief Gillon McLachlan meets with pokies crusaders Tim Costello and Nick Xenophon

In-play betting ban angers bookmakers

18 March 2016

Online bookmakers are rallying against the federal government's call to clamp down on in-play betting. Betting companies argue the ban will simply force gamblers to use unlicensed offshore operators.

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Online gaming giants rally against live betting ban

Blues commit to responsible gambling

16 March 2016

Carlton Football Club became the eighth AFL club to sign the responsible gambling charter and cut ties with sports betting companies. Carlton CEO Steven Trigg sees the move as a 'cultural shift' for the Blues and believes the decision to sign the charter highlights the club's concern in addressing key social issues.

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Blues cut ties with gambling sponsor in 'cultural shift'

Tigers take a stand against sports gambling sponsors

17 February 2016

Richmond has become the seventh AFL club to scrap sports betting partnerships by signing the responsible gambling charter. Tigers CEO Brendon Gale highlighted the 'pervasive nature of sports betting' and believes the charter will 'reduce the exposure of gambling to their youngest fans'.

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AFL 2016: Richmond reject sports betting lucre

Australian Open sponsor riles gambling critics

17 January 2016

Experts are furious over Tennis Australia's multi-million dollar sponsorship deal with online betting agency William Hill. The 2016 Australian Open became the first grand slam event to have a betting agency attached as its major sponsor.

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Australian Open: Gambling ads to hit Melbourne Park for first time

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