Category: Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation

New Consumer Policy And Research Hub Launched

The Andrews Labor Government has established a new research centre dedicated to improving access, fairness and protections for Victorian consumers. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz joined newly-appointed CEO Lauren Solomon in Parliament today to launch the Consumer Policy Research Centre (CPRC). The CPRC will investigate areas such as changes in the housing market, dispute […]

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A Fairer Pricing System For Gaming Machines In Victoria

Venues that earn the most from pokies will be forced to pay more tax under changes announced today by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz said the new gaming machine pricing system would increase taxes for pubs, clubs and hotels with high-earning gaming machines. The increased revenue these changes […]

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Safety Warning For Leaking Hot Water Bottles

Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz is urging Victorians to watch out for a batch of faulty hot water bottles capable of causing serious burns and injury. A consumer complaint has unearthed thousands of faulty water bottles from Wens Bros Trading Pty Ltd – which trades from a Hallam retail outlet […]

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‘It’s Okay To Walk Away’ To Empower Koori Consumers

The Andrews Labor Government is encouraging Koori consumers to walk away from high pressure sales pitches as part of a national consumer rights campaign. The It’s Okay to Walk Away campaign aims to help Koori consumers in urban and regional and rural areas of Victoria identify high pressure sales tactics and to inform them of […]

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Cats Commit To Responsible Gambling Charter

Geelong Football Club have become the latest team to say no to gambling sponsorship by signing the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s responsible gambling charter. Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz joined Geelong Football Club CEO Brian Cook and Vice-Captain Harry Taylor, as well as Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation Deputy Chair Mary […]

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Cracking Down On Underquoting To Protect Home Buyers

The Andrews Labor Government’s crackdown on underquoting is bearing fruit, with more real estate agents prosecuted for misleading home buyers. Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz said the Labor Government’s tough stance on underquoting was protecting Victorian homebuyers, and ensuring the price advertised for a house is a true reflection of its value. In 2015 […]

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Victoria Freezes Pokie Numbers For 25 Years

The number of gaming machines in Victoria will be frozen for 25 years under reforms being undertaken by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz today announced new gaming machine arrangements that will help limit gambling related harm and give certainty to pubs, clubs and hotels across Victoria. […]

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Love The Game Not The Odds

Footballers across Victoria will encourage fans to love the game and forget the odds this weekend, to combat the normalisation of betting in sport. Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz joined Acting CEO of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation Craig Swift and a number of AFL players on Monday to officially launch the […]

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Locally Based Inspectors To Make Regional Venues Safer

The Andrews Labor Government is improving the safety of regional liquor and gaming venues by boosting the number of locally-based compliance inspectors. The Labor Government is providing the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) with an $11.3 million funding boost to establish a permanent regional presence. Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene […]

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New Community Projects To Prevent Gambling Harm

The Andrews Labor Government will provide almost $4 million to 14 community organisations to help prevent gambling related harm across Victoria. Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz announced $3.87 million for a range of projects over two years funded through the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s (VGRF) Prevention Partnership Program. The successful projects include: […]

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