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Tasmanian archbishop welcomes gambling cap

Archbishop of Hobart Adrian Doyle yesterday congratulated the State Government on its decision to cap the number of gaming machines in Tasmania.

He praised the Government for listening to the community concern expressed to the Legislative Council Select Committee into the Impact of Gaming Machines chaired by Silvia Smith, MLC.

"It is heartening to know that the State Government is making a positive response to the inherent social danger in the proliferation of electronic gaming machines," he said.

"While I am conscious of the State Government's responsibility to protect its taxation base for State revenue, the Government has an equally major responsibility to protect the poorer and more vulnerable within our society.

"Playing the machines is a relaxation enjoyed by many people with safety and with responsibility," he said. "However, we cannot ignore the plight of those who get themselves into trouble, and their families."

"I am pleased to learn that the new Deed of Agreement will provide an increase of $170,000 for the Community Support Levy, described by [State Treasurer] Mr Crean [yesterday] as funding support services for problem gamblers and their families; gambling research into the social and economic impacts and grants for sporting and charitable organisations."

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