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Tasmania: Tas moves to tackle problem gambling

13 July 2009

TASMANIA -- As reported by ABC News: "The Tasmanian Gaming Commission has been given the go ahead to implement a range of new measures to tackle problem gambling.

"The Tasmanian Government developed the measures in response to a recent study into gambling in Tasmania.

"Last July a report estimated Tasmania has more than 2,000 problem gamblers and most are addicted to poker machines.

"...The measures include limiting the EFTPOS transactions in gaming areas to one per person per day, reduced maximum bets and restrictions on food and alcohol being served to people playing pokies.

"After attending a Ministerial Council on Gambling meeting in Brisbane last week, Mr Aird has now given approval to the Gaming Commission to implement most of those new measures straight away.

"Others will be considered by Parliament in the coming months..."

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