Online gambling a growing scourge on society

Around 200 world gambling experts are gathering in Auckland this week, the biggest threat on their minds is now online betting rather than the old bogey, poker machines. Gambling companies are using popular online games to lure young people into new forms of gambling to offset the dwindling popularity of poker machines. Uniting Communities South… 

Media Release: Does the widening of the gap of Aboriginal disadvantage call for a different approach?

10th February 2016  The Australian Prime Minister has today tabled the Federal Government’s eighth Closing the Gap report, which outlines how the Government is tracking with reducing levels of disadvantage experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia. This year’s report again shows that Aboriginal communities are not experiencing an improvement in most… 

Interview: Online sports betting

Online sports betting is growing rapidly around the world with the advent of smartphones. It is especially popular in second and third world countries. Mark Henley is from Uniting Communities in South Australia and he will be talking at the International Gambling Conference about sports betting and in particular consumer protection for sports gambling. He… 

Media Release: Online Gambling Regulator Urgently Needed

SPORT and online gambling are now so intrinsically linked that the integrity of sports is under extreme pressure and the human toll is rising. “In addition to the rapid acceleration of availability of online gambling and the range of ‘events’ to be gambled on, it is estimated that about 90 per cent of online gambling… 

Op Ed: Sport integrity under threat

Online Sport Betting Must be Tackled This last week has been a tough week for any dedicated sports fan. There have been recent allegations that up to 16 “top” tennis players have been involved with match fixing while the Guardian newspaper in London has reported: “Two ‘active’ former Test cricketers are believed to be involved… 

SACC Review Panel: Review of the small amount credit contract laws interim report

We welcome the opportunity to provide comment on the Review of the small amount credit contract laws inquiry’s interim report, published in December 2015. Overall, Uniting Communities regards the observations and options outline in the interim report as positive. It is particularly pleasing to see that important issues such as the adequacy of responsible lending… 

Will another National Action Plan make any difference for children?

In welcoming the release of the Third Action Plan under the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children, the question to ask is ‘will it make any difference to increasing safety for Australia’s children and young people?’ Uniting Communities’ Chief Executive, Simon Schrapel, who has been engaged with the National Framework since its adoption in 2009,… 

Access to Compensation for Stolen Generation Survivors

Uniting Communities welcomes today’s announcement by Minister Kyam Maher, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, about the establishment of an $11 million reparations fund for members of South Australia’s Stolen Generation. Simon Schrapel, Chief Executive of Uniting Communities, says: ‘It’s been a very long wait for members of the Stolen Generation and we’re pleased to…