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Aussie Pokie Cutback Hopes Falter

2 December 2002

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the Age: ``The Labor Party has rejected a proposal by an anti-gambling lobby group to slash the number of gaming machines in Victoria.

``The InterChurch Gambling Taskforce two months ago asked political parties to commit to reducing the number of machines from 27,500 to 15,000 in five years.

``In a letter received by the taskforce this week, ALP state secretary Roland Lindell said legal advice indicated that such a move would expose the government to potentially massive compensation payouts.

```This could range from hundreds of thousands of dollars to more than $1 billion,' Mr Lindell wrote.

``…Labor has capped the number of gaming machines at 27,500 and promised to introduce caps in five regions, taking to 10 the number of areas in which there are limits on the number of machines…"

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