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Adelaide push for gambling controls: The Church of England Newspaper, March 16, 2012 p 6. March 21, 2012

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The Archbishop of Adelaide, Dr. Jeffrey Driver, has called upon the Australian Federal government to institute a one dollar bet limit on computer poker machines.

“A $1 maximum bet, with losses limited to $120 an hour has the potential to reduce the great harm problem gamblers can do to themselves and those who are close to them,” Dr. Driver said on 8 March 2012.

In January church leaders denounced Prime Minister Julia Gillard after she backed away from a pledge to tighten regulations on “pokies”.

The chairman of the Melbourne Anglican Social Responsibilities Committee, Bishop Philip Huggins said the prime minister “did not just break her promise” to her political allies, “she broke it with the coalition of groups who then lent their support to these reforms. She broke it too with those problem gamblers who bravely spoke in public about their plight, hoping their support of the reforms might give some meaning to their suffering and that of their families,” the bishop said.

Dr. Driver noted that “about a third” of regular pokie users had a problem with gambling addiction. “Nearly 100,000 Australians lose more than $20,000 a year through their poker machine habit. For every problem gambler there are many others affected; families, children, friends and co-workers. The human price is too high.”

“Polling has consistently shown that Australians support the introduction of measures to mitigate the harm of problem gambling. Apart from the government, Church agencies provide about 70 per cent of the caring services in Australia, so we are well placed to speak about the damage done to individuals and families across our country by poker machine addiction,” Dr. Driver said.

First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.

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1. Peter Clark - March 21, 2012

There’s a body of opinion that the “Óne Armed Bandit”in its modern form is a big a rival as “Sport” to Christianity in Australia


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