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Australian Mayor Wants Pokie Ban

12 September 2005

SALISBURY, Australia – As reported by the Advertiser: "Salisbury Mayor Tony Zappia has called for a total phasing out of gaming machines in South Australia, after his vulnerable region again topped the list for the highest spending on gaming machines in the state.

"Mr Zappia said yesterday pokies losses were increasing at a faster rate than the population growth in Salisbury.

"He was responding to State Government figures published in The Advertiser yesterday, showing that people gambled away nearly $70 million on pokies in Salisbury last financial year.

"This was a $3 million increase on the previous year, in an area that has fewer venues than many other SA regions.

"…He called for a 10-year phase-out of pokies, to give hoteliers time to cull machine numbers.

"…Opposition gambling spokesman Robert Brokenshire said a phase-out 'won't work' because it would cause litigation problems from the hotel industry…"

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