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Church casts doubt over Betfair benefits


The Catholic Church in Tasmania says the cost of social problems stemming from problem gambling will far outweigh any revenue benefits from the London-based online betting exchange Betfair.

The ABC reports that Premier Paul Lennon will meet the heads of the state's three racing codes in Launceston today to discuss the Government's consideration of the Betfair proposal.

Archbishop Adrian Doyle (pictured) says any move to grant a licence would be "too much of a gamble for Tasmania" because of the potential increase in problem gaming.

Phillipa Barnard from the Church's Peace and Justice Commission, says Betfair's so-called loyalty program highlights why the plan must be rejected.

"That's particularly worrying because it actually imposes a penalty if you don't place a gamble on at at least a weekly basis, so the less often you gamble the higher commission you'll pay," she said.

SOURCE
Catholic Church casts doubt over Betfair benefits (ABC News 14/7/05)

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15 Jul 2005