South Australian Govt recognises all gambling can hurt
Adelaide's Centacare Catholic Family Services director Dale West has praised the State Government for its adoption of a reform package that recognises that gambling can destroy people's lives.
Mr West, who also chairs the Gamblers' Rehabilitation Fund Committee (GRF), said: "While the focus will be on poker machines, the additional $500,000 for the Gamblers' Rehabilitation Fund Committee (GRF), the mandatory codes of practice for all gambling operators, including the TAB, Casino and SA Lotteries, along with the establishment of the Independent Gambling Authority with an identified Minister for Gambling, will impact on problem gambling across the full range of gambling activities," Mr West said.
He said that the State Government is recognising for the first time that all forms of gambling, including those it operates, cause problems.
He added: "The process undertaken in reaching the outcomes of the Gaming Legislation Review, has also been important, as those with differing positions have negotiated in good faith, something I believe we will build on in the future."
Mr West stressed the need for gambling education programs. "Addiction to gambling is one of the most serious addictions for people, but one that is also the least understood by the general community. I believe that there is an urgent need for wide ranging community education programs on the dangers in gambling. The increase in funding to the GRF will be important in establishing such programs."