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South Australia: $31m Spent on Pokies

12 September 2006

SOUTH AUSTRALIA -- As reported by the Port Lincoln Times: "Nearly $31 million was spent in poker machines on Eyre Peninsula last financial year, according to figures released by the Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner.

"This figure is up nearly $2 million from 2004/2005, despite a reduction in the number of machines.

"The State Government cut the number of machines in South Australia by 20 per cent, or 3000 machines, from July 1, 2005 to reduce problem gambling.

"Under the new legislation 40 machines were removed from venues in Port Lincoln but less machines has not meant less revenue.

"... However annual growth is on the way down with the revenue increase less than it has been in previous years.

"...State Gambling Minister Paul Caica said an Independent Gambling Authority report showed the Statewide growth rate from gaming machines had reduced significantly from an average 11 per cent rise each year over the last decade down to less than one per cent over the last year..."

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