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Responsible gaming lecture to focus on liability

Posted by Kimberly on September 15, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
September 15, 2007, page 3 (281 words)

The University of Macau’s Sociology Department will be holding a lecture on responsible gaming on September 19.
Titled, ‘A critique of Australian responsible gaming policy and practice: A public health approach to the gambling industry’s CSR (corporate social responsibility), it will be led by Associate Professor, Linda Hancock, from Australia’s Deakin University, who also heads the Corporate Citizenship Research Unit.
The lecture will cover the question of whether the threat of liability will drive new approaches to player protection.
Recent research on gambling in Australia highlights the role of globalised gaming products in the production and reproduction of gambling-related problems.
In Australia, despite current government emphasis on harm minimisation and responsible gambling, gambling losses keep rising and the harmful impact on individuals, families and local communities is evident.
Researchers are concluding that it is the globalised products (video lottery machines/EGMs or as they are called in Australia,‘pokie machines’) and the regulation of gaming venues, that are the problem.
Gaming machines are designed to entrap, and regular players, not just a small percentage of problem gamblers, are at extreme risk of losing control and of spending more than they can afford; with dire consequences for themselves and others.
This lecture outlines government approaches to responsible gaming in Australia, government agenda-setting on gaming (due to their dependence on tax derived from gambling), and the lack of player protection, and then focuses on international examples of harm minimisation strategies for casinos (Australia, NZ, Netherlands, Canada), some of which have adopted a consumer protection approach.
Liability is on the horizon for the casino industry unless they take heed.
The lecture will take place between 5pm and 7pm, in the Tai Fung Building of the University.

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