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Australian Government Snubs Help for Gambling Addiction

12 January 2001

AUSTRALIA – Jan.12, 2001 – As reported by the Australia Sun Herald: "A Victorian company that has developed smart card technology to curb the losses of gambling addicts has been snubbed by the State Government.

"The electronic gaming cards created by REGIS Controls are designed for online casino and poker-machine users, allowing them to set monthly limits to stem their losses.

"REGIS managing director Elik Szewach, who helped develop the Responsible Electronic Gaming via Internet System, said it prevented children gambling online but ensured user details such as age remained confidential.

"…The product has received strong support from the Federal Government and state government representatives in New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia, as well as Opposition multimedia spokesman Victor Perton.

"While Gaming Minister John Pandazopoulos supported the scheme, Mr Szewach said the government had failed to meet him to discuss the technology.

"…A spokeswoman for Mr Pandazopoulos, Jacinta Reddan, said the government was unable to implement changes because of the Federal Government's 12-month ban on Internet gambling…"

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