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Gambling parents who abandon children to face jail

16 April 2008

QUEENSLAND, Australia -- As reported by the Courier-Mail: "Parents who abandon their children for the casino or the pub could face up to three years in jail under new Queensland laws revealed today.

"State Cabinet today considered amendments to the Criminal Code, which currently does not allow for charges against parents who leave their children unattended, unless the children come to harm.

"...Premier Anna Bligh said the law did not go far enough. 'This behaviour puts our children at risk, and it shouldn't be tolerated,' Ms Bligh said.

"...If passed, the laws will come into effect by the year's end..."

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