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Australian Casino Workers Fear Gambler Violence

20 March 2001

AUSTRALIA – March 20, 2001 –As reported by the Australian Associated Press: "Australian casinos should have metal detectors to protect staff following overseas reports that irate gamblers had injured and even killed workers after losing money, a union said today.

"A national official of the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union (LHMU) said state governments needed to urgently introduce legislation to protect the nation's 15,000 casino workers.

"Tim Ferrari, LHMU's assistant national secretary, said governments should take action, as casinos themselves had given no support to the introduction of metal detectors.

"…He said in the United States in January three workers were shot dead in a Mississippi casino.

"And he said there had been reports in Australian casinos of weapons being found on gamblers.

"…Mr Ferrari said casinos had been so far unwilling to introduce metal detectors and he hoped the push for state government legislation would provide some security for workers…"

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