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Australia: Gambling Help Falling Behind

20 August 2003

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the Fairfax News: ``A gambling support service is struggling to meet demand from problem gamblers.

``Gamblers Help Southern, which covers nine regions including Greater Dandenong and Casey, has a waiting list of gamblers seeking counselling and financial help.

``Some people, it claims, are having to wait months for help.

``…Manager Chris Freetchy said while about 25 people were now on the waiting list, it had been up to 50.

``Mr Freetchy said he contacted the State Government, which funds the service, regularly about the problem…"

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