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Gambling Addicts File Class Action Suit Against Govt.

By Chuckmonster on Tuesday, 21st June 2005 7:25pm
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THE Tasmanian Government is being sued by gambling addicts as part of a national class action. Gaming Minister Jim Cox said the State Government was served with the notice of legal action yesterday. "The matter has been referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions," Mr Cox said.

A national support group based in New South Wales called Duty of Care has launched an application in the Federal Court to challenge the legality of gaming machines.

The Tasmanian Government was named as one of the respondents in the case.

Greens gaming spokesman Kim Booth said the class action reflected the growing concern over the impact of poker machines.

"Statistics compiled by Duty of Care indicate that 90 per cent of gamblers seeking help blame pokies, and ease of access to pokies, as their main gambling problem," Mr Booth said.


[ Tasmania is here. Tasmanian devil is here. Just to clarify, yo. - Ed ]



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