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Sky City Looking at Australian Casino

International News Brief: New Zealand's Sky City Entertainment is in talks to buy MGM Mirage's casino in Australia because government restrictions mean it cannot build or expand its three New Zealand casinos.

Australian Politician Criticizes Dependence on Gaming Taxes

International News Brief: Australia’s Opposition Leader has promised to tackle problem gambling and has criticised his state colleagues for being too reliant on gaming tax revenue.

Interactive TV Wagering Comes to Australia

International News Brief: Australians will be able to put their house on a horse from the comfort of their homes when an interactive television wagering service is launched later this year.

Problem Gambling Group Calls for Moratorium

International News Brief: The head of an Australian group that deals with gambling addicts has called for a moratorium on the issuing of more gaming machine licences.

Australian Police Raid Bookie's Penthouse

International News Brief: Australian authorities raided the the multimillion-dollar penthouse of Australia's biggest bookmaker, Mark Read, in search for millions stolen by a former bank manager.

Unitab Dismisses Rumors

International News Brief: TAB takeover suitor Unitab has dismissed the prospect of a new broadcaster taking over from Sky Racing as ‘ludicrous’, despite reports of growing interest from Australia and overseas.

Perrin Bids on TV Rights for Racing

International News Brief: Former Billabong chief executive Matthew Perrin has emerged as the head of a syndicate vying for the television rights for horse racing in NSW and Victoria.

Gambling Authority Calls for Pokies Cull

International News Brief: The Independent Gambling Authority is calling for 3,000 poker machines to be removed from the South Australian system.

Calls to Cut South Australian Gaming Machines

International News Brief: An independent gaming body today recommended reducing the number of gaming machines in South Australia by 20 per cent.

South Australian Note Acceptor Investigated

International News Brief: The South Australian Independent Gambling Authority is being asked to investigate how the Adelaide Casino is able to use a note acceptor on its roulette wheel.

Australian Regulators Won't Block Merger

International News Brief: Tabcorp Holdings Ltd.'s proposal to bid for smaller gaming company rival Tab Ltd. won't be blocked by Australia's Competition & Consumer Commission.

Bets Split Over Australian Gaming Merger

International News Brief: The TAB board is caught in the awkward position of appearing to support an offer it knows it cannot support much longer while trying to talk down the appeal of a proposal that it knows is appealing.

Pokies Taken to Australia's Gamblers

International News Brief: Poker machines are apparently being shifted between venues by Victoria's two licensed operators in a bid to target problem gamblers, most of whom live in disadvantaged areas, the head of the state's gambling research body has alleged.

More Calls for South Australian Pokies Cap

International News Brief: The Provincial Cities Association has renewed its calls for a cap on poker machine numbers in South Australia.

Casino Took Fake Cheque

International News Brief: Melbourne’s Crown Casino abandoned caution and honoured a fake AUD$2.3 million cheque in its bid to woo a high-roller, the Victorian County Court was told today.

Tasmanians Gambling More

International News Brief: Tasmanians gambled more than AUD$2 billion last financial year with gaming machines leading the way, the Tasmanian Gaming Commission annual report shows.

Bookie Wants Fairer Trading

International News Brief: Outspoken bookmaker Michael Eskander has called on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to push his cause for fairer trading on international feature races.

Survey: Gambling Measures Not Helping Problem Gambling

International News Brief: Measures introduced in pubs and clubs three years ago to help problem gamblers have had little effect, a survey of NSW club members has shown.

Gambling the Focus of New Australian Research Centre

International News Brief: A new research centre is to open at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra to study gambling habits.

Problem Gambling Expert: Revenues Need to be Halved

International News Brief: If people were serious about reducing problem gambling, gaming revenues to operators and governments would have to drop by up to 50 per cent, a gambling expert has said.

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