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Credit card cash withdrawals to be banned in Australia

28 October 2008

SYDNEY, Australia -- As reported by ABC News (Australia): "Credit card cash withdrawals will be banned in gaming venues under new legislation to be introduced by the New South Wales Government today.

"The planned changes to the Gaming Machines Act also include reducing the cap on state-wide poker machines by 5,000 and cutting red tape to encourage poker machine forfeitures.

"NSW Gaming Minister Kevin Greene says the reforms balance the need for community protection with maintaining the integrity of the gaming industry.

"'...The reduction will come as machines are forfeited as clubs amalgamate and also look to move machines from one area to another,' he said.

"Mr Greene says fines of up to $11,000 will be in place for clubs who break the ban on credit card cash withdrawals..."

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