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Australian Premiers Admit Pokie Decision was Wrong

13 September 2004

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the Australia Age.com: "Former Liberal premier Jeff Kennett and former Labor premier Joan Kirner, who were responsible for the roll-out of poker machines in Victoria, now believe they almost certainly should have restricted the machines to Crown Casino only.

"Victoria has 30,000 poker machines — 2500 based at the casino and 27,500 in hotels and clubs across the state.

"Mrs Kirner's Labor government introduced poker machines in 1992, distributing about 10,000 before losing power in October of that year.

"…Now both former premiers think very differently about poker machines, which have grown to a $2.3 billion a year habit for the state's gamblers.

"…Mrs Kirner agreed, saying that the casino-only restriction "would be a really good idea".

"Mr Kennett said he would consider the Western Australian model of regulating

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