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Crackdown on all-hours pokie pubs and clubs

22 September 2008

QUEENSLAND -- As reported by the Courier-Mail: "The State Government will crack down on pubs and clubs that operate as virtual 24-hour casinos in city suburbs.

"Eight venues in Brisbane, Logan, the Gold Coast and Townsville have licences to operate pokies until 5.30am. Their opening times vary from 8am to 10am.

"...Another 118 across the state are open for gambling between 8am and 3.30am. That means some non-casino gaming lounges are open for up to 21½ hours each day.

"Treasurer Andrew Fraser, the minister responsible for liquor licensing, said laws introduced into Parliament this month would severely reduce the hours spent on pokies.

"...The Treasurer confirmed that pubs and clubs would have until December 31 to conform..."

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