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Australian Authorities Look at Gambling-Related Crime

25 July 2002

VICTORIA, Australia – As reported by the (Australian) Herald Sun: "The State Government has vowed to uncover the extent of gambling-related crime in Victoria.

"`Obviously it's an issue out there that needs to be addressed,' Gaming Minister John Pandazopoulos said.

"Mr Pandazopoulos said an independent body investigating gambling crimes in Victoria would shed light on the problem.

"…But he baulked at suggestions that gambling-related crime was out of control.

"…But Opposition gaming spokesman Ted Baillieu said the Government had done `bugger all' to help problem gamblers. The Opposition believes voluntary smart cards, allowing punters to set budget and time limits, could help gamblers identify signs of addiction before it gets out of control…"

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