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Report says problem gamblers one third of market


A new issues paper on gambling from the Tasmanian Catholic Justice and Peace Commission says Tasmanians are losing more than $80 million a year on poker machines alone.

The paper says the average problem gambler loses about $12,000 a year and as a group, problem gamblers account for one third of the market.

Commission chairman Doug Routledge told the ABC that the problem is compounded by the State Government's growing dependence on gaming revenue, which now stands at $48 million a year.

SOURCE
Problem gamblers make up a third of the market: report (ABC Tasmania 1/7/04)

LINKS
Tasmanian Catholic Justice and Peace Commission
Tasmanian archbishop welcomes gambling cap (CathNews 16/4/03)
Archbishop welcomes SA poker machine reduction (CathNews 17/2/04)
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2 Jul 2004