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Objectives and Scope
The objective of this wiki website is to provide a foundation to achieve best standards and practices for responsible poker machine gambling.
By inspecting and then reporting upon the actual practices at each venue, this wiki will enable venue operators and the public to work together.
It is the intention of this web site to objectively report what has been observed at the pokie venue.
Scope - Why the Safeway / Woolworths focus?
The largest Australian operator of poker machines is Woolworths Limited / Safeway and its associated companies. Initially, the scope of this wiki was limited to reporting upon the 100 Safeway / Woolworths' and associate's Victorian hotels and clubs covering over 6,700 poker machines.
While this wiki is initially intended to be a collaborative report on whether Safeway / Woolworths is meeting its own standards and its legal responsibilities; by providing on-site information about each venue, it is also intended to assist Safeway/Woolworths with its stated goal to be a leader in responsible poker machine operations.
South Australian and Queensland venues have been added and many Coles / Liquorland owned venues have been inspected. Coles / Liquorland are associated with over 80 pokie venues.
Other venues promoting children's meals or playgrounds are also included.
Constructive collaboration between the community and the venue operator (whether it be Safeway/Woolworths, Coles/Liquorland or other hotels and clubs) will lead to more responsible gambling processes.
Further inspections will help too.
Safeway/Woolworths Own Standards
The former Chief Executive Officer of Safeway/Woolworths, Michael Luscombe, stated that it is his company's internal covenant to take a leadership position in the area of problem gaming and that Safeway/Woolworth takes its responsibilities "very very very seriously". His statement sets standards for his company.
Michael Luscombe's Statement
This statement was made to Woolworths Limited's shareholders at their Annual General Meeting on 16 November 2007 in response to a question asked by Stephen Mayne, a Woolworths shareholder.
"We don’t have ATMs in our gaming areas. We don’t cash cheques in those hotels. We do have facilities for self barring in all of our hotels. (Is that right, Bruce? Right?). On all of our gaming machines there are signs talking about the fact that you cannot win on those machines, right in front of the face of that area. We don’t allow people to eat in those areas. There are clocks in all of the gaming areas so people understand how long they’ve been there.
We take this very very very seriously. And… I’m a little bit disappointed that a shareholder would not have recognised it when visited one of our hotels that that’s the case. Because I can assure you that from the ALH board down and the management of Bruce Mathieson senior, in particular, take this very very seriously.
And we want to take a leadership position on this in our industry. In fact, our internal covenant for that is, in fact, to take a leadership position in the area of problem gaming."
To listen to the audio of Mr. Luscombe's standards statement in its context please click on the video logo below:
Latest News and Opinionsabout the conduct of the pokie business are expressed on the PokieAct blog . The latest three headlines appear below. You can view a feed of this blog by clicking on the word "PokieAct" immediately below:
The Petersham Bowling Club
Here's the story of one of the oldest bowling clubs in Australia that decided to embrace local families and get rid of its pokies. Four years later, the PBC is a vibrant community focused club that provides food, live music and friendship.
Click here to check out the PBC.
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|HermanoHermitage||predatory behaviours||7||Jan 16 2013, 7:38 AM EST by DanBaine|
Thread started: Mar 27 2012, 5:49 PM EDT Watch
The lack of action in government to problem gambling is either government is addicted to taxes raised, or politicians are addicted to fostering their own corrupt behaviours. This is so immense it is hard to start.
Last night I attended the Burwood RSL Annual General Meeting. The second ordinary general resolution put was about Directors right to reimbursement for costs incurred in fostering the clubs activities. The resolution effectively means that the 9 directors have uncapped right to travel and accomodation regulated only by themselves. Should you access the 6 resolutions it is clearly a case of "snouts at the trough".
2 years ago I wrote to the club asking them why it is OK to have gross poker machine revenue of $22,000,000, pay their $5.5m state taxes, pay other related expenses of $11m plus about $460,000 community grants and retain $4m in accumulated members funds. Monies that are in law for the benefit of members and community. As of now the Club has assets of about $30m plus investments approaching $50m. One of those investments is a 3 bedroom house leased to the former president at $175 per week.
I did not get a reply. I circulated my letter to several politicians. The State minister for Racing and Gambling (Minister Greene) cutely replied he could not answer that, I should address my enquiries to the club concerned. (I would be happy to share that source document if anyone wants more detail).
Lee Rhiannon of the Greens (now Federal MLC) simply took the opportunity to add me to the Greens mailing list.
Since that date Burwood RSL have stopped sending me financial results, even though by law, if I request it, which I have, they must as a member. Short form accounts are available on their website.
There is a worse example in my district. It is Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL. Their gross poker machine earnings exceed $30m.
Please add your thoughts.
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|Anonymous||Ballarat , Oscars Hotel||0||Sep 30 2012, 6:51 AM EDT by Anonymous|
Thread started: Sep 30 2012, 6:51 AM EDT Watch
Oscars is/was a great regional boutique hotel in Ballarat, having just been granted a license for 30 machines. We always used to stay there on our way to Melb and sometimes the way back. Great ambience, food etc. with this granting by the BCC 8-1 vote, time we looked for somewhere else. It is such a shame to turn a great place into a pokies. Always busy whenever we stayed and prices certainly should've provided an adequate profit but now want more re pokies. I seriously think this will backfire on the owners, a poor business decision.
So if you don't like pokies don't support Oscars.
A real shame this has happened to what was a truly lovely deco/modern boutique pub in the heart of Ballarat.
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|Anonymous||Paradise hotel||4||Mar 27 2012, 5:54 PM EDT by HermanoHermitage|
Thread started: Feb 2 2010, 7:35 PM EST Watch
the paradise hotel is woned by a private company with no association with alh, woolworths, coles or westfarmer. Please remove from your site
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