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Australian Bill Cracks Down on Pokie Ads

6 November 2003

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the (Australia) Age: "Gaming operators that advertise poker machines will be fined $2000 (US$1,412)and risk losing their licence under new laws proposed in State Parliament yesterday.

"Under the gaming reform bill, which consolidates eight pieces of gaming legislation into one, Tattersalls, Tabcorp, Crown Casino and individual venues will no longer be able to promote machines through the print media, brochures, television, radio, cinema, unsolicited mail or the internet.

"Gaming Minister John Pandazopoulos said companies or operators that defied the bans, to take effect later next year, would be fined $2000 for each breach and risk having their licence revoked.

"Advertisements promoting new machines, types of games and jackpots are examples of material that will be banned.

"…Signage promoting venues would also be severely restricted through regulations to be drawn up by Victoria's new Commission for Gambling Regulation.

"Signs promoting gaming machines would be banned except for directions to gaming rooms within a venue and its car park…"

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