Charles Livingstone

Discussion paper

Estimating the revenue share of the Farrell Group and other gambling industry participants from gambling operations in Tasmania

This paper estimates the costs of gambling harm to the Tasmanian economy as $341.58 million, more than three times the total gambling tax revenue accrued by the state in 2016-17.
Discussion paper

How electronic gambling machines work: EGM structural characteristics

The purpose of this paper is to provide policy makers, regulators and others with information about key design characteristics of electronic gambling machines (EGMs).

South Australia’s gambling tax highlights the regulatory mess of online betting

The South Australian government will introduce from July a “point-of-consumption tax” to claw back some of the gambling tax revenue it is seeing disappear over the border. The new tax is a reasonable response to a growing problem, and probably won’t send bookmakers to the...

Is there any hope for gambling reform in a new parliament?

State governments traditionally regulate gambling in Australia. They tend to work closely with “industry” to promote gambling’s benefits, as they see them. These benefits include revenue for cash-strapped state treasuries (about $5.75 billion a year, $3.5 billion of it from pokies), glitzy tourist attractions (even...