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Australian Politician Urges Video Poker Tax Increase

3 May 2002

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the Australian Associated Press: "A South Australian MP has called for a `super tax' on poker machine operators after new figures showed pokie losses in the state were likely to exceed $600 million this financial year.

"Independent No Pokies MP Nick Xenophon said the figures, released by the Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner, showed the gambling industry was making `obscene amounts' of money from the machines.

"In the nine months to the end of March gamblers lost $450.6 million on poker machines, compared with $405.9 million for the previous corresponding period.

"…He said he had written to SA Treasurer Kevin Foley, urging him to raise the maximum tax rate for poker machine venues making more than $200,000 per month from 50.5 per cent to 65 per cent, in line with Queensland.

"Mr Xenophon said this would create an extra $17 million in revenue for the state government from the top 100 pokies venues in the state…"

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