Gambling regulators to investigate ‘loot boxes’ in video games

Star Wars Battlefront 2 faces backlash from gaming community as regulators examine if loot boxes constitute gambling and require regulation

Australian gambling regulators are considering whether pay-to-win “loot boxes” in video games constitute gambling and may be in breach of state laws.

The recent release of Star Wars Battlefront 2, one of the year’s gaming blockbusters, has renewed a global debate about the convergence of gambling mechanisms and video games.

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Queensland farmers suspected to have defied tree clearing controls in ‘deforestation frenzy’

Native vegetation was home to home to several threatened species and was in a Great Barrier Reef catchment

Queensland farmers are suspected to have defied rare federal government intervention and cleared a large swath of land without commonwealth approval, according to conservationists.

The native vegetation was in a reef catchment, meaning the clearing could worsen pollution on the Great Barrier Reef. In addition, government-commissioned studies show it provided habitat to several threatened species.

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One in five Australian children overweight before starting school, ‘damning’ data shows

Obesity Policy Coalition highlights need for a sugar tax, saying physical activity guidelines alone won’t suffice

Young Australian adults are nearly twice as likely to be obese as their parents and one in five children are now overweight before they start school, a report has found.

The rates of obesity in Australia were damning, Jane Martin from the Obesity Policy Coalition said. She said a tax on sweetened drinks, including soft drinks, must be part of a national action plan, because physical activity guidelines would not solve the problem.

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