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Australian gambling equals more than AU$13 billion

28 April 2001

A recent report from the Tasmanian Gaming Commission reveals that Australians gambled to the sum of more than AU$13 billion last year, an increase of $1 billion compared with the previous year. In order to counter this growing trend, various lobbies have proposed different methods to limit its growth, or at least to regulate it. The director of Uniting Care and chairman of the Casino Benefit Trust, Reverend Harry Herbert, has proposed that the state governments put limits on poker machine use. Federal Justice Minister Amanda Vanstone has announced the establishment of a national advisory body on gambling in an attempt to address the issue of problem gambling. The body will include former senior Commonwealth public servant Tony Ayres, who will serve as chairperson, as well as Richard Mulcahy from the Australian Hotels Association, anti-gambling campaigner Reverend Tim Costello and Grant Bowie the president of the Australian Casino Association.

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