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Gambling Under Microscope

11 January 2005

AUSTRALIA -- As reported by the Australian Advertiser: "The first definitive study of the effects of all forms of gambling on the state's economy will be commissioned in March.

"The Independent Gambling Authority wants a comprehensive profile of the industry and an analysis of its impact on employment and a range of related industries.

"The review will take at least six months and will also examine the effects of a freeze on gaming machines.

"…The IGA research – for which tenders have been called – will include a profile of the industry and look at the casino, pokies venues, lotteries, the TAB and other forms of wagering.

"It will map trends in employment in each sector, and examine whether gamblers switch from one form of gambling to another…"

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