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New South Wales families and youth at centre of responsible gambling grants

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Five universities will share in almost $400,000 funding from the NSW Office of Responsible Gambling for research to help prevent and reduce gambling harms.

The office’s director, Natalie Wright, said the 2019 Responsible Gambling grants support innovative projects with a focus on youth, families and new technology.

“Technology and in particular online betting have made it easier than ever before for people to gamble,” Ms Wright said.

“We need to better understand betting motivations and what approaches work best for people at risk of gambling harm.

“It’s also important our research looks into the impact of gambling technology and innovation on younger people as well as the effectiveness of support for families of problem gamblers.

“By funding programs and research projects like these, we will further develop and underpin the evidence base for responsible gambling policy and programs.”

Of the five successful grants, four will focus on youth and family with studies on issues including the effects problem gambling has on family members and how to best educate young people about the risks associated with gambling.

The successful projects are:

·         Design Innovation Research Centre, University of Technology, Sydney: Design an animation series educating young people on responsible gambling

·         The Australian National University: Addressing gambling harms experienced by female concerned significant others

·        Central Queensland University: Loot boxes: Are they grooming youth for gambling

·        Deakin University: Family member treatments: Systematic review and content analysis across addictions

·        University of Sydney Business School: Do ‘cash-out’ products offered by bookmakers exploit behavioural biases.

For more information, visit www.responsiblegambling.nsw.gov.au

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Community members to share experiences of harm from online gambling to help others

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The Gambling Impact Society (GIS) has launched its Lived Experience Project to help the community better understand harms linked to online gambling by hearing from people with first-hand experience.

The project, funded by the NSW Office of Responsible Gambling, is seeking people from across NSW who have personal experience of online gambling harm to share their story.

Peer educators are supported to deliver one-hour community education sessions across NSW regional centres. Audiences will include community members, welfare services, community groups, health services and corporate organisations.

The Director of the Office of Responsible Gambling, Natalie Wright, said: “We hope to build community awareness of the harm that can be experienced by some people from online gambling through this project, and encourage those struggling to seek help.”

The program harnesses the power of real-life experiences as a powerful tool in helping people understand the impacts problem gambling can have.

“It’s common for people at risk of gambling harm to relate easily to others who have experienced what they are going through and overcome their problem,” Kate Roberts, Executive Officer of GIS, said.

“Starting a conversation can help de-stigmatise the subject of problem gambling and encourage people who are suffering in silence to reach out for help.”

The project is working towards spreading awareness about problem gambling and promoting self-help and professional support to those affected. While helping individuals who may be affected by gambling harm, community and welfare services can also benefit from increased understanding of problem gambling.

This support is part of the NSW Government’s record $25 million funding commitment in 2018/19 to help tackle gambling harm in communities across NSW.

If you are interested in becoming a part of this project, or if you would like more information on the project, please contact Kate Roberts 0401 370 042 or email info@ginsw.org.au.

For more information on the Gambling Impact Society visit www.ginsw.org.au.

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Lottoland Sues ACMA Over Jackpot Betting

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Lottoland, the Gibraltar based online gambling company, has launched legal action against the federal government for allegedly infringing the gambling laws.

This all begins when the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) made investigation on Lottoland’s jackpot betting and revealed “Several Lottoland online jackpot betting services were games of chance which are prohibited. These included the Mon and Wed Jackpot, Tue Jackpot, Thu Jackpot, US Millions, and US Power jackpot betting services.”

Lottoland’s Australian business has filed legal action in the New South Wales Supreme Court against ACMA and says “we believe their view on jackpot betting is wrong.” The company said it believed its jackpot betting products, which had been approved by Australian licensing authorities, were compliant with Australian law.

“We have worked hard to adapt to recent changes to the law, and we are committed to providing exciting new products that our customers love. By taking this stand against ACMA, we are fighting for the rights of hundreds of thousands of Australians who enjoy the occasional flutter. We are fighting for freedom of choice,” Lottoland Australia chief executive Luke Brill said.

ACMA said that Lottoland disputed its findings on jackpot betting and had launched legal action. “ACMA will not be making further comment while legal proceedings are on foot,” it said.

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Melco to Buy 20% Stake of Crown Resorts from Casino Magnate James Packer

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Melco Resorts and Entertainment is going to buy 20% stake of Crown Resorts from casino magnate James Packer for $1.22 billion. Packer’s investment company, CPH Crown Holdings, owns 47% of Crown Resorts.

“It is certainly our intention to continue, if the opportunity arises, to increase our stake in Crown,” Chief Executive of Melco, Lawrence Ho said.

Melco and Crown have worked together previously. In 2006 they gained a subconcession from the Macau government to operate casinos and remained in partnership until 2017. Ho said his relationship with Packer remains very strong and he is excited to be working with executives at Crown that he already knows well.

Packer said his remaining Crown shareholding represents his single largest investment and that the sale allows him to diversify his investment portfolio.

Melco will buy 135.35 million Crown Resorts shares at A$13 per share, with the transaction closing in two equal tranches on June 6 and on or before September 30.

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