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Adelaide vicar general warns against gambling

Gambling might be an accepted part of Australian culture but most Australians agreed that gambling does more harm than good, according to Monsignor David Cappo.

Monsignor Cappo, vicar general of the Adelaide Archdiocese and chairman of the South Australian Heads of Churches, said that responsibility for the harm caused by gambling lies with the community, not gamblers and their families.

"This harm has personal, health, economic, social and political dimensions and is not acceptable," he said. "Gambling products and practices must be regulated to prevent and minimise this harm."

Monsignor Cappo was speaking at the launch of a new web site featuring an online poll on gambling and a self-help kit for gamblers. The web site is the initiative of the SA Heads of Christian Churches Gambling Task Force.

The online poll will provide the task force with community feedback on current gambling issues including advertising and poker machine numbers.

The State's Minister for Social Justice Stephanie Key officially launched the web site in the Cathedral Hall at St Francis Xavier's Cathedral.

Monsignor Cappo said the web site would be a great resource for anyone interested in gambling regulation or gambling issues generally.

"It also contains publications and press releases of the Task Force which had been extremely active in promoting a harm-minimisation approach to gambling in SA," he said.

The Gambling Task Force was established in 1999 in response to increasing community concern about the negative effects of gambling on individuals, families and communities.

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