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Government Proposes Problem Gambling Strategy

24 March 2004

NEW ZEALAND – As reported by the New Zealand Scoop: "…The government's proposed problem gambling strategy has the potential to make New Zealand a world leader in addressing gambling harm, says Associate Health Minister Damien O'Connor.

"…'The government's proposed strategy aims to reduce the harmful health effects of gambling by working with communities to increase awareness of harms.'

"…Under the Gambling Act 2003, the Ministry assumes responsibility from 1 July for the funding and coordination of problem gambling services, as well as for public health initiatives to prevent and minimize gambling harm.

"Problem gambling services will be funded by a proposed problem gambling levy, to be collected from the gambling sector.

"The consultation document released today includes a draft strategic plan, a needs assessment, a proposed three-year funding plan and proposed levy rates. The Ministry is seeking public feedback on the document…"

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