Email ABC Investigations By Steve Cannane, Kyle Taylor and Clare Blumer Updated December 06, 2019 16:58:47 Photo: Reverend Tim Costello (left) and independent MP Andrew Wilkie support a royal commission into gambling. (AAP: Alan Porritt/Mick Tsikas) Related Story: Leaked documents reveal how gambling company stops people winning Related Story: Gambling: Tell us your story Map: Australia Federal MP Andrew Wilkie and Reverend Tim Costello are calling for a royal commission into gambling that includes the sports betting industry.It follows revelations by the ABC that one of the largest sports betting agencies is using secret algorithms, restrictions and delaying tactics to skew the competition and drive up profits."Gamblers use these sites in good faith, assuming they're playing an honest game," Mr Wilkie said. "But if this allegation is correct, then gamblers are being cheated."Not only should we have a royal commission very broadly into gambling generally, including … [Read more...] about Sports betting and gambling need a royal commission, Tim Costello and Andrew Wilkie say
The aged care royal commission will focus on the delivery of health services at a hearing in Canberra next week. A number of people will tell the inquiry the difficulties in obtaining access to medical care have exacerbated the poor health of their loved ones living in aged care and have impacted their quality of life. Lawyers assisting the royal commission said all people receiving aged care should have access to health care services commensurate with their needs, on an equitable basis with the access to health care enjoyed by other Australians. "Access to health services is perhaps best described as a patchwork quilt where the pieces don't join particularly well," the opening statement by counsel assisting said. "In some areas with an active primary health network or local hospital network, older people in aged care receive excellent services. "In other areas, access is much more limited." Next week's hearing will explore ways the instances of good practice can be systematised so all … [Read more...] about Poor health services for some in aged care
Following allegations of a delay in the release of results, the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) has planned to release the results of the Group I Mains Examinations this month. The results of many of the competitive examinations conducted by the TNPSC have been reportedly delayed for the past few years, affecting lakhs of aspirants to the government services.Aspirants said the TNPSC had notified the direct recruitment of posts to fill 139 vacancies such as Deputy Collector, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Assistant Commissioner of Commercial Tax, Deputy Registrar of Cooperative Societies, District Registrar, Assistant Director of Rural Development, District Employment Officer and District Officer of Fire and Rescue Services in January this year. Over 4,000 successful candidates in the preliminary examinations appeared for the main examination held five months ago, but are still awaiting results. The aspirants have demanded a speedy release of the results and have also … [Read more...] about Aspirants to Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission demand a speedy release of results
This was one of the questions raised during a recent talk on the life and riches of Hyderabad’s erstwhile rulers. The wealth and lavish lifestyle of the Nizams of Hyderabad is well documented, with their magnificent jewellery collection a subject of mystery and intrigue. This was the focus of historian and curator Deepthi Sasidharan’s talk at a Mumbai museum recently. During the talk, Sasidharan deconstructed the early photographs available from the era, chronicling the life and times of the court and its occupants. The jewels and the sartorial choices of those in the photographs were discussed. At the end of the 45-minute talk, the images prompted two questions. One: What was the source of the wealth of the Nizams? Two: How did their jewellery collection compare with that of the Jaipur royals, who were also connoisseurs of elaborate craftsmanship? Sasidharan’s response to the former can be summarised as geographic advantage. “They [Nizams] benefited from … [Read more...] about Did the Nizams of Hyderabad have an advantage over other royals?
The appeal of the racecourse is manifold – encompassing glamour and the lure of the jackpot. But horse-racing has fallen on hard times. “Racing is in a bad way. Attendance has gone down by almost a half since GST of 28 per cent came into effect,” said Adil Gandhy, former chairman of the Amateur Riders’ Club and a senior member of one of the premier sports clubs in the country, the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) in Mumbai. “I hope the tax rate is reduced,” said Gandhy, the son of the late art connoisseur Kekoo Gandhy. “There is illegal betting through bookies. If people can bet legitimately, then it will benefit both racegoers and the government.” Under the existing tax regime, Rs 28 out of every Rs 100 betted goes to the government, driving punters to seek better value elsewhere. Moreover, racing has struggled to attract youngsters, many of whom have migrated to online betting platforms to assuage their impetuous streaks. The … [Read more...] about Low betting taxes, celeb guests: How RWITC aims to attract Mumbai millennials to horse-racing