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Australian Gambling Authority Told to Ban Ads

11 December 2002

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the Australian Advertiser: "A total ban on all gambling advertising and enforced hour-long closures of gaming rooms during the day should be introduced to reduce problem gambling, a public inquiry has heard.

"The Independent Gambling Authority was also told yesterday it should move to allow venues to operate only one form of gambling – meaning that TAB and lottery services would be removed from hotels with poker machines.

"The controversial calls were made by the Adelaide Central Mission, which counsels 700 problem gamblers each year.

"…Australian Hotels Association general manager John Lewis said any changes should only be implemented after research was carried out.

"…Clubs SA executive director Michael Keenan said clubs supported many of the suggestions, with some refinement and further research.

"But any changes should be funded by the poker machine tax paid by clubs and hotels."

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